LOUTH FARMERS URGED TO BE VIGILANT FOLLOWING LATEST LIVESTOCK THEFT

7 NOVEMBER 2017

ICSA Louth chairman Gavin Carberry has said he is outraged at the latest farm related theft to occur in the county. Mr Carberry was referring to the theft of cattle worth €17,000 from the farm of Tom Kirk in Ravanny, Dundalk Co Louth over the weekend. “It’s a disgrace that incidents like this continue to happen and I would encourage anyone with information to contact the Gardaí.”

The theft is believed to have occurred on Saturday evening (4 November) between 6.00pm and 7.00pm when 14 cattle were loaded into a lorry and driven away. A neighbour is believed to have witnessed the lorry being driven suspiciously with no headlights on.

Mr Carberry said “ICSA has undertaken a National Agricultural Crime Survey in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology where statistics have shown that two thirds of farmers have experienced crime related to their farming activities. Financially it’s wreaking havoc on farmers, not to mention the stress and emotional impact these crimes have. We all need to work together and be vigilant if we have any hope of seeing that number reduce. We cannot accept crime as part and parcel of life in rural Ireland.”

The cattle in question are described as red Limousins crossed with Charolais and are all approximately 18 months. A reward has been offered for any information leading to their recovery. Relevant information should be passed to Ardee Garda Station on 041 685 3222 or any Garda station.

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