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Sheep farmer warns dog walkers after champion tup hangs itself on unhooked fencing

A frustrated sheep farmer has issued a warning to dog walkers after her champion tup hung himself after getting tangled in electric fencing.


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Kit Bradley's champion tup Cornelius.
Kit Bradley's champion tup Cornelius.
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Sheep farmer warns dog walkers after champion tup hangs itself on unhooked fencing

Kit Bradley of Bury-St-Edmonds, Suffolk, who runs a 69-strong flock of Jacobs, said she had been victim to at least five incidents in the last two weeks of dog walkers unclipping the battery from the fence and unhooking the lower strand of fencing to make room for their dogs to slip under and access the field.

 

She said the issue of dog owners refusing to co-operate was ‘getting worse’.

 

“I am pretty sure it is a repeat offender,” Ms Bradley said. “They pick off the bottom strand of fencing – enough to let their dog underneath – and then hook it over the top.


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“The tup must have got under the fence and in a moment of panic, got flustered and caught up in the wire, and hung himself. People say sheep are stupid but they are not.

 

“He was my main sire, he was a pedigree and he had a lot of fantastic lambs.”

 

 

What people were failing to understand, Ms Bradley said, was ‘if dogs can get in then a sheep can get out’.

 

And a lack of signage was not the issue – more people ‘flat out refusing’ to put their dogs on a lead.

 

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Ms Bradley said: “There are signs everywhere – probably overkill – asking people to put their dogs on leads because of the sheep.

“But you cannot police it 24 hours a day. It has to be someone who knows what they are doing.

 

“A lot of the public would not have a clue where to start with electric fences.”

 

She spoke of a dog owner she stumbled across a few months ago walking three spaniels off the lead.

 

“I stopped him and said ‘Would you mind please putting your dogs on a lead as you pass my sheep?,” Ms Bradley said. “And he said, ‘Yes, I do mind’.

 

“I always go with the gentle approach but he was aggressive and absolutely not willing to budge.”

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