Police in Northern Ireland recovered three trailers and a quad, which they suspect to have been stolen, in recent days.
Slieve Gullion Neighbourhood Policing Team and its colleagues from Armagh Tactical Support Group conducted a search in the Cullyhanna area on January 15th, 2022.
According to a spokesperson for Police Newry, Mourne and Down, this search was in relation to rural crime, specifically stolen farm equipment.
An investigation into the recovery of the aforementioned items is “ongoing”.
The spokesperson urged farmers who wish to avail of free property marking for their farm equipment and make their valuables “less attractive to thieves” to contact their local neighbourhood policing team.
NI-bred Simmentals exported to repeat customers in Switzerland and Germany
In other news, the New Year is off to a good start for three Simmental herds in Antrim and Tyrone, who have exported two cows and calves, five heifers and one young bull, to breeders in Switzerland and Germany.
The deal, featuring the Slievenagh, Omorga and Hiltonstown herd, follows an ‘export first’ in July 2020. This involved 11 Northern Ireland-bred Simmental cattle.
Three repeat customers and a new buyer struck the latest export deal.
It bolsters an upsurge in international demand for genetics, embryos and semen from high health status herds in Northern Ireland.
Livestock haulier, Martin O’Neill, facilitated the export. The journey from Northern Ireland via Rosslare and Cherbourg took almost three days.
Flex Tobler, and his son Joel, from Chapelle in Switzerland, initiated the initial export almost eighteen months ago.
They had visited the UK and NI to participate in stock judging competitions the Simmental Young Members’ Association organised.
The Tobler family is reportedly the first-ever herd owners to import cattle, of any breed, from Northern Ireland to Switzerland.
Felix and Joel Tobler took delivery of five animals carrying the Boyd family’s Slievenagh prefix.
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