11 bullocks and 4 store cattle stolen from shed in Co. Laois

A farmer in Co. Laois has become the latest victim of a livestock robbery when he discovered that 15 of his cattle had been taken from his slatted shed.

The discovery was made this morning, Monday, February 17.

Speaking to AgriLand, Ciaran Keegan expressed his shock and explained the incident happened within a 36-hour window from after 5:00pm on Saturday evening and early this morning, Monday, February 17.

He said: “11 of the cattle that were stolen were fit for slaughter. They were supposed to go to the factory last week.

The cattle would have been 750-800kg in weight and were all were continental bullocks.

He added: “Four store cattle were also taken.”

The cattle were in a slatted shed on an out-farm in the locality of Mounteagle, Raheen, at the time they were taken.

It’s a devastating blow. When we went over this morning the gate was wide open. We went up to the shed and the minute we opened it, we knew what had happened.

“We went round the whole farm looking for them but we knew well they had been lifted out of the shed.”

He outlined that vehicle tracks were spotted leaving the farm and noted that a 4X4 had been taken from the locality a couple of months ago.

Concluding, Ciaran outlined that Gardai have been informed and called on anyone who may have spotted anything unusual to come forward with information.