CATTLE RUSTLERS HIT VALUABLE HERDS IN SOUTH AND MID-MONAGHAN

19 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE and MICHAEL McDONNELL

FARMERS throughout Co Monaghan are on ‘red alert’ this week — after cattle rustlers targeted livestock herds at different premises near the Border in recent days.

Farm organisations and rural community group leaders joined gardai yesterday in urging a major step-up in security after a number of cattle were stolen from farms in the Ballybay and Stranooden areas in the early hours of Saturday morning and from the Corduff area at sometime on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

A total of 15 cattle, valued by their owners at in excess of €20,000 were stolen from outlying sheds in the three incidents, in relation to which gardai are calling for information from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious (see below).

Gardai alerted the PSNI as a huge operation was launched on both sides of the Border in an attempt to locate any illegal abattoir where detectives felt that stolen cattle could be slaughtered and the meat sold by unscrupulous distributors.

The possibility was also being probed of the stolen livestock being “exported”, and a further probability considered was that, despite the difficulties resultant from strict mart security, they might be disposed of through some unsuspecting salesyards with the use of forged ear-tags.

Detectives, however, believe most of the animals stolen end up in an illegal meat-chain, and it is recalled that, some months ago, livestock offal, as well as carcases, which obviously came from an illegal abattoir, were found dumped in a wooded area in South Armagh, close to the North Louth Border.

SOUTH MONAGHAN

Earlier this week the rustlers struck during the night and snatched livestock valued at more than €6,500 from an out-farm in the Corduff area near Carrickmacross.

Four bulls and a cow were taken from a slatted shed on the farm at Lisacullion, …

 

 

Comments are closed.