Gardaí hunt ranchers for cattle stolen from Cork Farm

Heartless thieves stole seven cattle, including a prize bull, from a Cork farmer in the hours leading up to Christmas Eve.

The landowners warned that stealing from a farm outside Ballyvourney in West Cork was tantamount to stealing half the herd because their prize bull was targeted.

Gardaí are now hunting the attackers who stole the seven cattle from a shed on the remote farm late Friday night.

No arrests were made and Gardaí believe the thieves must have been patrolling the farm in the days leading up to the theft.

Investigators also believe the attackers are skilled with animals – and deliberately used the preparations for the Christmas celebrations as a cover for their rustling operation.

It is believed that a truck or large jeep with a trailer was used to remove the animals under cover of darkness.

A total of seven cattle were captured, including a valuable bull, two calves and four pregnant cows.

Aine Corkery said the theft was very distressing to her family.

The Corkerys are accomplished and highly respected farmers in Ballyvourney.

“It’s very upsetting and a great shock to think of someone coming into the yard and taking the cattle,” she said.

“Every farmer knows that a good bull is half the herd, so whoever took our bull basically left our farm with half our herd.”

Macroom Gardaí has ​​called on anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area last Thursday or Friday to get in touch.

In particular, they want to speak to anyone who may have seen vehicles parked near isolated farms in the general Ballyvourney area.

Gardaí have also urged all farmers to whom animals are offered in suspicious circumstances or at reduced prices to notify Gardaí or the Ministry of Agriculture immediately.

The Cork rustle incident was the latest in a string of farm robberies across Ireland.

Tractors, trailers and machinery, including chainsaws and generators, were targeted as Gardaí feared the thieves would sell the stolen goods on the black market in both Ireland and the UK. Gardaí hunt ranchers for cattle stolen from Cork Farm

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