The Irish Farmers Journal has been contacted by the owners of the animals after five of their heifers were shot by members of the army on a farm in Co Monaghan.

The owners of the stock told the Irish Farmers Journal that the army was called to shoot the animals after the debt collection service had struggled to load the five animals on to a truck. The owners also allege that all other machinery from the farm had been removed. It is understood that the local Department of Agriculture vet had been made aware of the military exercise.