Ewes and lambs stolen from Lumsden farm
Dozens of sheep have been stolen from a farm in Aberdeenshire, police have confirmed.
The theft of 45 ewes and 40 lambs from Home Farm Clova, near Lumsden, was noticed when their owner tallied the flock on 15 October.
The animals were kept on a 200-acre piece of land and were part of a larger flock.
Grampian Police said the stolen sheep were valued at a high four-figure sum and have appealed for information.
NFUS president Nigel Miller said there was a current crime wave within the rural community.
He said: "Much of this criminal activity is organised and set against an economic backdrop that is pushing up the value of fuel, feed, machinery, scrap metal and livestock, making them more attractive to thieves.
"Unfortunately, these same values also drive up the cost to the farmer of replacing any stolen items."
He urged farmers to consider measures for protecting their property.
He said advice was available from crime prevention officers, and local Farm Watch schemes were being set up.
He added: "Given that any raid tends to involve transportation, the police also urge farmers and members of the public to take note of the registration of any suspicious vehicles in the area, particularly during the night and report the matter to the police."