The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is urging farmers to be vigilant following reports by South Wales Police that there has been an increase throughout the UK of the theft of high value tractor navigation systems.

It is believed that farms are being targeted and the devices are being exported and sold via various auction platforms worldwide.

Fully licenced, these systems can cost upwards of £20,000 and all can carry unique serial numbers which can be checked with manufacturers.

FUW Glamorgan County executive officer Rachel Saunders said:

"We urge members across the county and indeed Wales to be extra vigilant.

If you are using these systems on your farm, take some crime prevention action by photographing all items relevant to the system including a close up of the serial numbers and mark them up with your surname, farm name, post code, etc.

"Any removable parts should be removed from agricultural machinery and locked away safely each night and not left on the tractors. The advice is for such items to be stored in a safe place within the main property."

Farmer accused of dumping 'stinking' bales

A Scottish farmer has been accused of dumping “stinking” bales of silage in a car park in John O’Groats in an effort to stop holidaymakers using a public car park near his land.

Tourists to the area were left in shock after the seeping bales were left in the car park last week blocking vehicles in.

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It has been reported that the farmer is furious that campers are using the land next to the car park to park up and pitch tents to camp on.

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Three bales were left in the car park near Duncansby Head Lighthouse which is the most north-easterly point of the British mainland.

One of the bales is shown to have a large split in its wrapping which shows the seeping silage spilling out of the bale.