Farmer of­fers €1,000 re­ward for stolen cat­tle

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS - CLAIRE FOX

A LOUTH farmer is of­fer­ing a re­ward of €1,000 for the re­turn of 14 cat­tle stolen from his farm out­side Dun­dalk.

Tom Kirk told the Farm­ing In­de­pen­dent that he was on the farm from 3pm-5.45pm last Satur­day be­fore he re­turned home to Ardee.

He said that a neigh­bour rang him at 7.15pm to in­form him that a lorry was pulling out of the yard. Tom then drove over to the farm and dis­cov­ered that 14 of his cat­tle had been stolen.

“I was there for most of the evening but went home to Ardee as I’m only a part-time farmer. I’ve a busi­ness in Slane.

“I got a call from one of the neigh­bours, so I drove over and 14 cat­tle were gone.

“They loaded up 14 good qual­ity Li­mousins and took off. Noth­ing like this has hap­pened to me be­fore,” he said.

Mr Kirk said that the cat­tle are worth ap­prox­i­mately €1,200 each and is now of­fer­ing a re­ward for in­for­ma­tion.

“I’m putting up €1,000. It’s only part-time for me but it’s some­thing I en­joy. It spoils the whole thing.

“I’m not that hope­ful about get­ting them back. They could be on some­body else’s plate tomorrow but it’s worth a try,” he said. Gar­dai said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

They are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to con­tact Louth Garda Sta­tion on (042) 937 4102. Mean­while, a man be­lieved to be in his 50s, was in­jured last Satur­day at 2am on his farm in Brosna, Co Of­faly, when in­trud­ers forced their way in to his home and locked him in a cat­tle shed.

The farmer later man­aged to es­cape and called gar­dai.

It is un­der­stood the farmer’s in­juries were mi­nor and the in­trud­ers took a small amount of cash. It is be­lieved the farm was tar­geted by thieves six weeks ear­lier.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Birr Garda Sta­tion on (057) 916 9710.

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