Gardai are warning farmers in the region to be on the watch out for suspicious activities involving the movement of animals after a cattle rustling attempt was foiled last Thursday, November 1.
The incident happened in the Ballyfeeney area of Roscommon last Thursday around 8pm when a farmer who went to check on animals in a field beside the main road, came across a jeep and trailer parked in the gateway ready to load-up.
The farmer raised the alarm and it’s understood at least two people made off across the fields and escaped despite intensive efforts by gardai to locate them.
Gardai seized the jeep and trailer being used by the would-be rustlers and say they are following a definite line of enquiry in relation to the incident.
The incident comes as reports of missing sheep and cattle increase weekly.
Gardai warn that incidents of rustling are rife at present and they are appealing to farmers moving animals to carry the necessary documents with them.
Farmers are asked to be vigilant in checking their farm stock and machinery on a daily basis.