Farmer David Pearce.

Farmer David Pearce.

Rustlers have struck at a dairy farm in Staffordshire, stealing seven Holstein bulling heifers.

The 15-month-old heifers were taken on a raid on a farm in Tittensor, sometime between 2pm on Friday 27 March and 9am on Saturday 28 March.

Dairy farmer David Pearce said it was when he went to feed the animals at 10am on Saturday that he discovered the theft.

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The animals were being kept in a farm building on Strongford Farm, about five miles from the main holding, Shelton under Harley Farm, in Newcastle under Lyme. The cattle also had access to an adjoining field.

Thieves cut through a padlock and opened a steel gate to gain access to the heifers.

Mr Pearce said: “We went to feed the cattle on Saturday morning, every day as we do, when we realised that seven of the 14 heifers had been stolen.

“We saw tyre tracks on the ground and the gates had been left all over the place.

“The other cattle that were left were all startled. You could tell something had gone wrong. I feel angry and frustrated that someone has been behind my back and taken them.”

The steel gate thieves opened to access the heifers.

The steel gate thieves opened to access the heifers.

 

The path leading to Strongford Farm on Stone Road, Tittensor.

The path leading to Strongford Farm on Stone Road, Tittensor.

Police were called to the farm, but Mr Pearce said officers told him there was nothing they could do.

“You often hear about sheep going missing, but not really cattle, which is why I am trying to highlight what’s happened,” he added.

“I can’t understand what use anyone would have for them. I just want to get them back.”

His family has farmed the same farm for 70 years in Newcastle. Currently, Mr Pearce farms the business, E and M Pearce, in partnership with his mother, Margaret.

They have a herd of 300 milking cows and 200 followers and farm 182ha (450 acres) in total. 

A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Police said: “We received a call just after 11.30am on Saturday 28 March reporting the theft of cows from a farm in Stone Road, Tittensor.

“Officers attended the scene. Seven black and white dairy heifers had been stolen between 2pm on Friday 27 March and 9am Saturday 28 March.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 291 of 28 March.

The dairy bulling heifers left behind at Strongford Farm

The dairy bulling heifers left behind at Strongford Farm.