Seventeen in-lamb ewes have been stolen from two neighbouring Cavan farms.
Farmer Shane Brady told the Irish Farmers Journal that 14 of his Mule sheep were stolen from his yard in the Redhills area of the county between Wednesday and Friday.
“I noticed that they were gone yesterday [Friday]. They were taken out of the yard. I counted them yesterday evening and the 14 were gone.
“They’re worth in around €220 to €250 a head. I’ve reported it to gardaí,” he said, appealing for anyone with information to contact Belturbet Garda Station.
Brady has 180 ewes altogether and is due to start lambing the first batch of ewes at the end of January.
“Any information would be appreciated,” he said.
A neighbour of Brady’s, Kevin Smith, also had three in-lamb Suffolk cross ewes taken on Wednesday night.
“We looked at them Wednesday morning up until around 11 o’clock, then we went back the next morning at nine o’clock and the three were gone. It’s on an outfarm. We had 50 in the field.
“They’re around 80kg each and they have a green and red marking on their rump and a purple dot on the centre of their back.
“They’re a quiet sheep and there’s a reward if we get the sheep back,” Smith told the Irish Farmers Journal.