Sheep rustling rampant in Donegal

A strategy must be developed to combat the rising problem of sheep theft.

The industry is worth almost 40 million euro alone to the region of Donegal and accounted for 16% of the national flock last year.

Donegal North-East Deputy, Joe McHugh has called on the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Justice to develop a strategy to curb the growing problem.

He says that thieves are cutting tags from the sheep and inserting new registrations, and the stolen sheep are still making it onto the food market.

Deputy McHugh says we should follow Scotland's lead in deterring thieves....

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