Police in Powys are appealing for information following the theft of over 70 ewes.

The livestock theft happened on a farm in south Powys near Merthyr Cynog and is predicted to have taken place between December 2023 and February 2024, the breed was Epynt Hardy cross Scotch Blackface ewes.

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Dyfed-Powys Police's Powys-based Rural Crime Team reports that this incident is ‘the latest in a series of sheep theft crimes reported recently’ most of which have been noted in the area around Epynt Commons comprising 2,500 acres.

Highlighting the significant impact this can have on farmers, NFU Mutual has explained some steps worth considering to reduce the risk of theft and increase traceability.

The following advice was offered by the insurance company:

• Ensure stock is clearly marked and records are up to date

• When possible, graze livestock in fields away from roads or consider housing them inside

• Check stock regularly - and vary the times of feeding/check ups

• Join a Farm or Rural Watch scheme to share information about rural crime in your area

• Ask neighbours to report any suspicious sightings to the police

• Dial 999 immediately if an incident is taking place - do not approach criminals