A recent survey of 861 farmers by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) found that 46% of the farmers surveyed had property stolen more than once and 16% reported three or more thefts from their farms.

The most common item stolen from farms in the WIT survey was agricultural diesel (22%), followed by electrical and hand tools (21%), and machinery and equipment such as livestock trailers (17%). Some 10% of those surveyed reported having livestock stolen.