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Over the moo-n Tipperary farmer thanks public after stolen heifers returned to him

"If it wasn’t for each and everyone spreading the word and making them too hot to handle we wouldn’t have got them back"

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The seven heifers returned

The seven heifers returned

The seven heifers returned

A Tipperary farmer is "over the MOO-n" after being reunited with cows that were stolen from him.

Dairy farmer Keelan Troy had offered a cash reward for anyone who could provide information on the whereabouts of seven heifers, which went missing from his farm in Cloughjordan from between 11pm on Friday night to 6am Saturday morning.

The animals have since been recovered, and Mr Troy confirmed the good news in a social media post.

He wrote: “!!!!!!!!THE GIRLS ARE BACK!!!!!!!!

“Lads and ladies, I would like to thank everyone for everything that was done, all the phone calls, messages shared over the last 24hrs.

“The word got out so much and there was so much heat put on them (sic) seven cattle that they were dropped back approximately three miles from where they were taken and the cattle were dropped off with a box because a few of them are lame and dirty.

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Dairy farmer Keelan Troy's stolen cattle

Dairy farmer Keelan Troy's stolen cattle

Dairy farmer Keelan Troy's stolen cattle

Mr Troy continued to thank everyone who spread the word for their efforts: “If it wasn’t for each and everyone spreading the word and making them too hot to handle we wouldn’t have got them back.

“All of us here at home can’t thank everyone enough for the publicity and the clout it got, thank you.”

The farmer had previously told the Irish Farmer’s Journal that Saturday’s theft wasn’t the first of its kind on his farm, as five calves were stolen back in 2014.

“We had the seven Friesian heifers in a small paddock not too far away from the house. They were ready for the bull next week and were our first set of home-reared heifers,” Troy said.

“These animals didn’t vanish. We searched the area and we are sure they were loaded onto a trailer from the paddock gate.

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“The thieves must know the lay of the land to have chanced coming in. It’s a sickening thing to happen.”

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