TWENTY sheep have been killed so far this year in County Louth, according to the IFA.
This figure was revealed as part of an awareness campaign launched by the group, and was collated from phonecalls received to their hotline.
Apart from being a distressing and horrorifc way for a sheep to die, it can also have significant financial implications for farmers.
It can also be distressing for dog owners whose dogs are summarily shot on site by farmers trying to protect their livestock.
The campaign is being run jointly with the Department of the Environment, in a bid to highlight the responsibility of dog owners to be in control of their dogs at all times, in order to prevent attacks on sheep flocks and the resulting horrific consequences.
Timed to coincide with the main lambing season, Monaghan IFA Sheep Chairman Colm McKenna said, “Farmers are in the middle of the peak lambing season, when sheep flocks are particularly vulnerable to dog attacks, especially during the night.”
In a nationwide radio advertising campaign, sponsored by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and IFA Member Services, there is a very clear and strong message to dog owners about their responsibilities, and how they could be held liable if their dog is involved in an attack on sheep. In the radio ad, IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman James Murphy says there can be no excuses: ‘Your Dog…Your Responsibility’.