The financial and mental impact cattle theft can have on farmers has been highlighted by Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) president Ivor Ferguson.

Ferguson said he had witnessed the effects firsthand: “My neighbour lost 19 cattle. These are small family farms and something like this can have a cost of £20,000 and on a small farm it can put the farmer out of business. It is not just financial loss. It has serious implications for a farmer’s mental health.