By Philippa Stephen
The Tayside Division of Police Scotland has issued an appeal for information following a spate of livestock thefts across Perthshire.
Over the last two months at least four separate incidents of sheep rustling have been reported, worth a combined total of more than £40,000.
Officers investigating the raids are working with local farmers and livestock auction markets across the area in a bid to track down the thieves.
A force spokesman said that, in the first known incidence of rustling, a total of 57 Scottish Mule lambs were taken from a field at Bankhead Farm off the unclassified road between the A9 and Forteviot.
“Sometime during September thieves returned to Bankhead Farm and stole 30 Texel Cross Cheviot ewe lambs and one Zwartbles Cross Mule lamb from a field to the north side of the farm on the Dupplin Estate,” said the spokesman. “The sheep are collectively worth about £10,000.”
He said Beannie Farm at Braco was also then targeted by the rustlers — but the theft remained unnoticed until the farmer undertook a sheep count at the end of the month, at which time it was discovered that 200 Blackface ewe lambs, worth £18,000, had been stolen.
“Also in September, the farmer at Tigh Na Blair Farm at Comrie near Crieff reported the theft of 128 ewe sheep and 29 hogg ewes, worth £15,000,” he added. More....