Shepherds at property administration firm Blenheim Property have launched the ‘Thank Ewe’ marketing campaign geared toward educating canine house owners concerning the threat they will pose to sheep throughout this lambing season.
Farm supervisor on the property, Charles Gerring, stated canine house owners should be knowledgeable of the problems they will trigger sheep if the corporate is to proceed permitting its sheep to delivery outdoor.
“We might identical to to remind everybody as we method our lambing season, to please preserve your canine on leads whereas visiting the property,” he stated.
“Chasing by canines can do severe harm to our flock, even when the canine doesn’t catch them. The stress of worrying by canines may cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.”
The property stated it has a “1,000-strong” flock of Scotch mule sheep that lamb later than many farms as a result of they’re reared solely on grass inside the parkland.
The primary lambs of the 12 months on the property are anticipated on the finish of April, the corporate stated.
Alongside the Thank Ewe marketing campaign, the corporate stated it is usually placing up “clear signage” throughout its property to help within the educating of canine house owners on the potential dangers of dropping management of their canines round livestock.
The corporate warned that, below the Canine (Safety of Livestock) Act 1953, if a canine worries sheep on agricultural land, the particular person in command of the canine is responsible of an offence.
This consists of attacking sheep, chasing them in a method that will trigger harm, struggling, miscarriage or lack of produce and never on a lead or being in any other case below shut management in a discipline or enclosure through which there are sheep.
“We all know the overwhelming majority of homeowners are extraordinarily accountable, nevertheless every year we’ve to take care of some extraordinarily distressing incidents involving canine assaults on the sheep,” Gerring stated.
“Typically the house owners are simply not conscious of the potential risks their pets pose to livestock and are additionally deeply traumatised by the results of not having the ability to preserve their canines below management.”