‘Significant reward’ offered for information on stolen cattle

November 19, 2018

A Silverbridge couple have offered a “significant reward” for information leading to the recovery of fifteen cattle stolen in a recent raid of their New Line Road farm. Nine pregnant cows and six calves were stolen from the farmland, which is just outside Silverbridge, some time between Friday evening, and the early hours of Saturday morning, November 10.

Their owners believe the livestock were taken under the cover of darkness in a planned operation which would have required a large cattle trailer to transport the stolen animals. 

“My husband checked and tended to the cattle on Friday evening at 4.30pm and went back to check them again on Saturday evening, again around 4.30pm. That’s when he noticed they were missing,” explained owner Claire Gregory

The stolen cattle are Charolais dun and white colouring, red limousine and Belgium blue breeds. The nine adult cows are heavily pregnant, with their six calves also ready for weaning.   

Appealing for any information which might lead to their safe return, Claire added,

“It would have taken a cattle lorry or at least two large cattle trailers to remove these animals and the road may have been blocked for a short time.

“It was raining heavily all day Friday and throughout the night if this helps jog anyone’s memory.”

The distressed owner said she and her husband are offering a “significant reward” for information leading to the recovery of the cattle

“If you see animals on farmland that shouldn’t be there or have seen strange comings and goings to derelict farm sheds please get in touch.”

The PSNI and Department of Agriculture have been notified of the theft. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Peter Gregory directly on 00353 877513917.