Farmers face crippling losses over vandalism strikes

November 25, 2013

Episodes of blatant vandalism carried out at two farms near Crossmaglen recently have been strongly criticised by Sinn Fein Councillor Terry Hearty.

Describing the damage caused to the properties as “a low and despicable act”, Mr Hearty describing the incidents, he said: “Perimeter fences around the farms were completely cut to the ground every four or five metres leaving them beyond repair.  More than 120 round bales were also damaged.

“This will hit these farmers particularly hard given the fodder shortage experienced during 2013 which has meant that farmers had to buy in food for animals.  The huge cost involved in purchasing fodder has left many farms running at a loss.

“I would call on those involved in this sort of despicable activity to explain what they hoped to achieve by their actions.  The owner of these farms should be compensated for the crippling losses these attacks have resulted in,” he added.