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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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13 cattle stolen from field

Police in South Armagh, Northern Ireland, are currently investigating the theft of 13 cattle.

According to a spokesperson for Police Newry, Mourne and Down, the animals – 6 heifers, 5 bulls and 2 cows – were removed from a field at Glassdrumman Road, Crossmaglen.

Police believe the theft occurred between 1 pm on Sunday, January 23rd, and 6 pm on Monday, January 24th.

Theft of 13 cattle 

The spokesperson said: “Were you in the area? Did you see anything, or have you heard anything about this?”

“If so, please contact 101 and quote serial number 1419 of 24/01/22. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111,” the spokesperson concluded.

Other farming news: ‘Slurry gas kills; it is as simple as that’

Meanwhile, the HSENI (Health and Safety Executive) has warned that slurry season brings renewed risks to farmers.

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It has appealed to farmers to take care when working with slurry.

The closed period for spreading slurry will end in Northern Ireland at midnight on January 31st, 2022.

The mixing of slurry comes with many risks as it produces a “dangerous” mixture of gases.

These include methane, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and the extremely poisonous gas, hydrogen sulphide.

Camilla Mackey, principal inspector of HSENI’s Agriculture and Food team, said:

“It is that time of year again when our farmers start to prepare to empty their slurry tanks, some of which have filled up completely over the winter months.”

“Before starting any job on the farm, including slurry mixing, take time to stop, think and safely plan the work ahead.”

“It is critical that farmers follow the slurry mixing code. Slurry gas kills; it is as simple as that.”

“Farmers are fully aware of this but continue to take chances. If you follow the slurry mixing code, there should be no issue.”

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