€10,000 worth of farm machinery stolen from a farm

Gardai are appealing for information after €10,000 worth of farm machinery was stolen from a farm in Co. Kilkenny earlier this week.

Two trailers and a power washer were reportedly stolen from a farmyard in Ballycallan, Co. Kilkenny on Tuesday, November 22, according to the Gardai.

The two trailers reported stolen were a Nugent tipping trailer and a silver aluminium Ifor Williams cattle trailer.

Meanwhile, Gardai are warning people to be vigilant as the thieves may make an attempt to sell on the stolen items.

Anyone with information relating to the robbery is asked to contact Kilkenny Garda Station on 056-777-5000.

Earlier this month, a number of Massey Ferguson tractors were stolen from different farms in north Co. Leitrim.

The thefts took place on farms in the Dromahair and the Ballaghnabehy areas in the country between November 4 and November 7, 2016.

A quadbike and log splitter were also taken during the spate of machinery thefts in the county.

Steps To Take To Prevent Farm Machinery Being Stolen

The IFA advises farmers to park vehicles and farm machinery as close to your premises as possible, preferably in doors.

If this is not possible farmers should park them out of site, away from nearby roads and away from easy access points.

The IFA initiative Theft Stop allows farmers to both mark their property with a unique ID number and keep secure records.

If a farmer is registered online with the initiative, they will be able to easily reclaim their property if it is recovered following a robbery.

Alternatively, many security companies now offer alarm or tracking devices for tractors and farm machinery which is aimed at deterring thieves.