IFA Appeal for Public’s Help in Tracing Stolen Cattle in West Cork

West Cork IFA Chairman Donal O’Donovan has appealed to members of the public to help Gardai trace cattle that were stolen near Ballydehob earlier this month.

A total of eight animals (five Friesian heifers and three Aberdeen Angus bullocks) were taken from a farm in Aughadown, Ballydehob between 6pm on Saturday 12th November and 10am Wednesday 15th November.

Donal O’Donovan said the issue was raised at an AGM in the area this week and it’s very distressing for the owner.

“These cattle were in a slatted shed with other animals on an outside farm. The owner, who is elderly, is very upset about the incident and is anxious to have his cattle returned to him,” he said.

“Given the number of cattle that were loaded, somebody may have noticed something suspicious in the area between these dates, or indeed some time before, as they planned the raid,” he said.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have information in relation to this theft to contact them. Investigating officers believe a cattle truck or large trailer must have been used to take the animals away.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Bantry Garda station on 027 20860, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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