Police used DNA to track down a stolen cow in the Upper Galilee Monday, the first time such a method has been used in Israel.

The breeding cow, named Gilad, was found in the village of Rama - not far from Moshav Hazon where it was stolen from.

The cow's ears - which had an identification tag on them - had been cut off by the thieves.

But what the thieves did not know was that the cow had undergone blood tissue tests in the past, the results of which are stored in a computerized database along with the DNA of another 20,000 cows that have undergone tests in Israel.

Guy Evron, who conducted the genetic tracking program for the company Baktochen, confirmed for police that the cow was Gilad.

Evron also took blood samples Monday from a cow which had two of its calves stolen, to assist with the latest case of cattle-theft police will have to deal with. The test was taken in the presence of a police officer, police veterinarian and a Bektocham representative.

The Cattle Growers Association confirmed Monday that Gilad was the first stolen cow in the country to be found using DNA.