Farmers appeal for information as 13 cattle are stolen in two separate raids

Two farmers, one in Kerry and one in Cork, are appealing for information after a total of 13 cattle were stolen in two separate raids recently.

Five pregnant purebred cows were stolen from a slatted shed in Kerry just before 11pm on Friday night.

The cows, owned by Mary Joe Kissane of Coolnanoonagh, Tarbert, were stolen after being freed from the stall and herded down a dirt track leading onto the road.

“We got a call from a neighbor at 11:05 p.m. to say our cows were out on the street. They were in the slatted stall, the gates of which were tied down with a large, thick rope.

“The neighbor had put them back in for us, in two front fields, it was pitch black at this time of night and it was difficult to see what was there and what wasn’t.

“The next morning we went to the yard and looked around. We had 25 cows, 12 weaners and a bull in the barn the night before, but five purebred Whitehead cows were missing.

“We looked around the yard and saw that the rope that had held the yard gates together had been severed because they (the thieves) could not undo the tough knots.

“They had let the cattle out and let them up the lane. There is a ditch on one side of the alley and the other side is fenced off with an electric fence, but the cattle must have breached the electric fence during the theft.

“There is a large entrance (on the street) at the end of the alley. The council recently widened the road and there is now a large tar marker where anything could drive. They must have parked either a small truck there or a large cow box.

“There are no traces left behind.”

The stolen cows are two four-year-olds and one each of nine, seven and six-year-olds.

“They were all DNA, genetically tested and had good starting numbers,” says Ms Kissane, whose husband recently passed away.

“All the neighbors went looking for them, we looked everywhere but never found them. It’s a big financial loss, just terrible, I find it very difficult.

“It’s a quiet street and you don’t expect things like that to happen.”

It comes after eight animals (five Friesian heifers and three Aberdeen Angus steers) were stolen from a slatted shed at an outside farm in Aughadown, Ballydehob in Cork earlier this month.

The incident occurred between 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 12 and 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 15.

West Cork IFA Chairman Donal O’Donovan has appealed to the public to help Gardai track down the cattle.

“These cattle were in a slatted barn in an outdoor courtyard with other animals. The owner, who is elderly, is very upset about the incident and is dying to get his cattle back,” he said.

“Given the number of cattle loaded, someone may have noticed something suspicious in the area between those dates or even some time before when they were planning the raid.”

Investigators believe a cattle truck or large trailer must have been used to move the animals.

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