‘Valuable’ cattle trailer stolen under the cover of darkness in the midlands

A farmer in the midlands is appealing for people to keep an eye out for a 12ft Ifor Williams cattle trailer, that was stolen under the cover of darkness last weekend.

Measuring close to 6ft in width, the trailer was equipped with a “high roof” – which is approximately 1ft higher than a regular cattle trailer.

The farmer – from Lumcloon, Cloghan in Co. Offaly – chose this model as he kept a few horses and needed the extra height when transporting them in the trailer.

Speaking to AgriLand, the farmer stated that the trailer was taken from his son’s property – which is quite close to his own house – sometime between Friday night, September 8, and Saturday morning, September 9.

I had taken the trailer off there and it was kind of hidden. But the gate was open at around 8:00am the following morning and the trailer was gone.

The trailer would have been well-minded and it wouldn’t have been over-used, the farmer said.

“We wouldn’t have used it regularly, the trailer still has its original tyres. There are some identifiable marks on it, I would definitely know if I saw it again.

“It would take nearly €7,500 to replace that trailer. We’re doing all we can to try and get it back,” the farmer said.

A trailer similar to the one stolen from the midlands

The trailer pictured above is similar to the one taken in Co. Offaly, but the spare wheel was not attached to the trailer stolen in the midlands.

If a person has been offered a trailer – of the same make and model as the one in question – for sale where the spare wheel is is missing or where all five tyres do not match up, then the farmer believes there is a high possibility that it could be his.

The farmer advised that people should be wary of anyone offering any trailer for sale at a price that seems too good to be true.

A reward will be offered to anyone who comes forward with information which leads to the recovery of the trailer. People with information are advised to contact Birr Garda Station at: 057-9169710.

This was the third Ifor Williams trailer stolen in the one week, with a 14ft trailer with sheep decks stolen from Carnaross Mart, Kells, Co. Meath taken on Tuesday, September 5, and a green Ifor Williams horsbox taken along with other machinery in a robbery in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Thursday, September 7.