BRAZEN thieves took their time to pick the best when they stole three cattle from an outside shed in Ahane.
They broke the lock on the roadside gate and proceeded to load an Angus fat heifer and two dry cows.
James Brennan, owner, estimated the value at around €1,100 each. Insurance doesn’t cover cattle rustling.
“It happened on Monday night/Tuesday morning, April 8/9. It would appear from a local camera that a vehicle with a box came from the Newport side around 5.15am.
“The gate was locked on the road, the chain was cut. It’s an outside farm,” said Mr Brennan.
When he arrived on Tuesday morning and saw the gate was open he presumed hay was stolen.
“Then I saw the cattle were gone. There was a good lot of cattle in the shed and they picked what they wanted. They were selective and picked the best,” said Mr Brennan.
Not only did the criminals take their time to pick the best they loaded up twice.
“They backed in and loaded a fat heifer first, then they went around the back and selected two cows and loaded them. So they took their time,” said Mr Brennan.
“You can’t be there all the time and I would be over and back with cows calving yet they still took that chance,” he adds.
It is not the second time the farmer is out of pocket. He built a shed there around four years ago and items including crush gates and a creep feeder to the value of €4,000 were stolen. He has reported the theft of cattle to Castleconnell gardai and asks for anyone with information to contact them at 061-377105. Information about the crime was also read out at last week’s packed Limerick IFA meeting.
“I’m just hoping it will jog somebody’s memory. The Angus Shorthorn fat heifer has distinctive blue/black markings; one of the dry cows is also a blue/black while the other is a Charolais Shorthorn with cream and white markings,” said Mr Brennan.
This area has been targeted by cattle rustlers in recent time.
Twelve cattle were stolen from two local farmers - Peter Keane and John Ryan - in August 2011. While Denis Corrigan, Newport had thirteen in-calf Limousin cows and two yearling Limousin heifers stolen in Ballyquin.