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Two tanks containing bull semen, which are used for artificial insemination and are considered valuable, have been stolen from a property.
Last week, a burglary occurred between 4pm on Saturday, October 21st and 1pm on Monday, October 23rd in the Ballyness Road area of Clogher, Northern Ireland.
According to a report by the BBC, police have described the tanks as having “significant value” and some of the containers containing award-winning semen have been sold for as much as £2,000.
According to Inspector McNeill, a report was made to the police regarding the theft of two tanks from an outbuilding in the area. The stolen tanks were filled with a significant amount of cattle semen.
“We are currently conducting an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the theft of the valuable tanks and their contents.”
The farming community has been affected by the theft and they have expressed concerns about the risks associated with handling nitrous oxide.
According to a farmer interviewed by the BBC, the sperm is kept in cryogenic storage, which involves using nitrous oxide to cool cylinders to extremely low temperatures. This task is typically only carried out by trained and licensed professionals.
Raising cattle is a profitable business, and farmers must preserve valuable and sometimes irreplaceable genetics by storing semen.
I urge individuals with this type of equipment or those in the industry to stay alert for this type of crime, especially during the longer winter evenings.
“Please check the security measures in place around your property and make sure that any cameras are positioned at potential entry points.”
Authorities are urging individuals with any potential leads, such as dashcam or CCTV recordings, to reach out to them at 101 and reference the case number 1024 of 23/10/23.
You can reach out to Crimestoppers without revealing your identity by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting their website at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.