Tipperary dairy farmer Keelan Troy is on a high after seven replacement heifers believed to have been stolen on the night of Friday 30 April were recovered late on Sunday night.

The heifers were found in a laneway approximately three miles from where they disappeared in Cloughjordan, which the farmer had searched on a number of occasions over the weekend.

Troy told the Irish Farmers Journal that he could see the marks of a trailer ramp on the laneway and that the heifers were closed in by a gate which had previously been opened when he drove through on his searches.

“It’s a fierce secluded area, a laneway off a bog lane,” he said. “They were spotted by the neighbour of a cousin of mine.”

The heifers were recovered in a laneway that the farmer had already searched multiple times.

The suckler-turned-dairy farmer was overwhelmed by the support and help he received from the local area, the gardaí and the wider farming community nationwide.

Troy paid tribute to the detective from Portlaoise and everyone who shared his appeal via phone calls, text messages, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

“I’m still in shock with the clout that it got,” he said. “Word got around the country, it was such a fantastic response and it just made the heifers too hot to handle.”

Word got around the country ... it just made the heifers too hot to handle

“We’re only a small herd and those heifers are the first homebred replacement heifers we have,” he said. “They are bucket reared and my father looked after them, they are pure pets.”

“It was going to hit us on the double, with the loss of the heifers themselves but with the price of cattle at the moment, especially heifers, replacing them too could have cost us €10,000,” he said.

“I just can’t thank everyone enough for their help.”

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