Gardai in Co. Galway are investigating reports of a theft of hay from a local farm, a Garda spokesperson has confirmed.

It is believed that 30 bales were stolen from a farm yard in Esker, Athenry, sometime between last Thursday (January 25) and last Saturday (January 27), according to local radio station Galway Bay FM.

This comes amid the ongoing fodder crisis in the entire western region, to the point where farm organisations have been organising trailer-loads of fodder from other parts of the country to relieve affected farmers prior to the recently-announced fodder Transport Subsidy Scheme.

Local Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity in the region last week to contact them on: 091-844016.

Gardai recover stolen farm property

Meanwhile in the south-east of the country, Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance to locate the owners of a range of stolen farm equipment located in counties Carlow and Kilkenny last week.

Last Friday (January 26), an appeal for the owner of cattle feed barriers – which members of An Garda Siochana say were stolen and located in Co. Kilkenny – to come forward to claim their property was issued.

As pictured on the Garda Siochana Kilkenny/Carlow Facebook page, there are five barriers in question – with accompanying attachments.

The rightful owner, or anyone who may know the owner, is asked to contact Kilkenny Garda station on: 056-7775011.

Carlow Gardai also recovered a range of farm equipment after conducting follow-up searches over the past week – following the recent seizure of power tools that are believed to have been stolen.

The Gardai seized a range of property, including: three vintage tractors – two Fords and a David Brown; a mini excavator; three trailers, including two Ifor Williams models; a generator; and hedge trimmers.