Farmers in the east Fermanagh area which, along with the Clogher Valley, have experienced incidences of cattle rustling over the past year are fighting back.
Roslea farmer, Harold Andrews told the Herald that he and a neighbour who share 66 acres of grazing land over two miles from his home, now had a locked chain on a gate leading up to the farm.
He was reacting to police research which showed that, between January 2012 and April 2013 there were a total of 1,037 animals reported stolen in the Clogher Valley area alone. A PSNI spokesman added there were two incidents where police had no details of the number of cattle stolen. And, in that period, there were 169 incidents of burglary, robbery or theft.
Mr Andrews, speaking to the Herald, quoted three cases where cattle had been stolen from farms at Roslea, at Ballagh Cross and near Newtownbutler.
“I am fully aware of it (rustling) because I have signed up to Ringmaster and I’m constantly getting reports of vehicles, machinery and different things stolen.
“As for cattle, even a good dropped calf is worth £300-£350. Thank goodness, I’ve never been done, but I have an outfarm near Dernawilt, about two and half miles from were I live, 66 acres in all. I have the half of it and a neighbour has the other half.
“There’s a gate in the lane leading up to the farm, both of us have keys and we keep a chain and we have it locked. That’s what it’s all about, security.” More....