Irish uncover cattle racket
IRISH police have uncovered a cattle racket involving the movement of animals across the Ulster border.
The fraud involves the substitution of quality cattle due for slaughter in Northern Ireland under BSE regulations with inferior cows from the Irish Republic.
Irish agricultural officials raided a farm in County Cork and seized a number of animals and equipment for re-tagging cattle, according to a report in The Scotsman.
Profits from the practice are believed to be about Ir£300 (£260) per beast. As part of the UKs global export ban, cattle cannot move legally from Northern Ireland to the Republic. *