Gardaí Investigate Livestock and Equipment Thefts Across Ireland

Gardaí investigate thefts of livestock and agricultural equipment across multiple Irish counties, including five stolen lambs in Co. Kerry and a trailer in Co. Wexford. A stolen John Deere tractor was recovered in Co. Wexford, with investigations ongoing and farmers urged to increase vigilance.

Bijay Laxmi
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Gardaí Investigate Livestock and Equipment Thefts Across Ireland

Gardaí Investigate Livestock and Equipment Thefts Across Ireland

Gardaí are investigating a series of thefts involving livestock and agricultural equipment across multiple counties in Ireland. The incidents, which occurred in early May 2024, have left five, stolen, co farmers in the affected areas on high alert.

Why this matters: These thefts highlight the vulnerability of rural communities to organized crime, and the economic impact on farmers can be devastating, potentially affecting food production and supply chains.

In Co. Kerry, five lambs valued at approximately €200 each were stolen from a farm at Bunglasha North, Glencar, between May 1 and May 4. According to Garda Christopher Murphy, who spoke on Radio Kerry, the thieves entered the farm by driving up a laneway about 60m from the road, leaving no obvious signs of a loading area or any damage. Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information or who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area to contact Glenbeigh Garda Station on 066-976 8202.

Meanwhile, in Co. Wexford, a 12ft Ifor Williams trailer with sheep decks was taken from a yard in the Askamore area on Wednesday, May 1, at approximately 4:00 a.m. The trailer has several distinctive features, including damaged right-side mudguards on top, a damaged gate on the right-hand side, dints on the second and third span of the roof, a sticker from Sheridan trailers on the front, an orange break-away cable, rotten hinges, and a damaged right-front bottom light. The farmer reported that the intruders opened three gates just meters from his bedroom to remove the trailer.

In a separate incident, a John Deere 6105r tractor stolen from a farm in the Kinvara area of Co. Galway between Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, was recovered in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Gardaí confirmed that investigations are ongoing into the unauthorized taking of the tractor, which has since been returned to its owner.

These recent thefts have raised concerns among the farming community, with many calling for increased vigilance and security measures to protect their livestock and equipment. Gardaí are urging anyone with information related to these incidents or who spots the stolen trailer to contact their local Garda station immediately.

Key Takeaways

  • Gardaí investigate livestock and equipment thefts across multiple Irish counties.
  • Five lambs stolen from Co. Kerry farm, valued at €200 each.
  • 12ft Ifor Williams trailer stolen from Co. Wexford yard, with distinctive features.
  • John Deere 6105r tractor stolen from Co. Galway farm, later recovered in Co. Wexford.
  • Gardaí urge farmers to increase vigilance and report suspicious activity.