ICSA out­raged at Louth cat­tle theft

The Argus - - NEWS -

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 last week and which was re­ported in last week’s news­pa­per.

‘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 Ag- ri­cul­tural 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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