Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Arable Farming Magazine

Arable Farming Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

British Farming Awards

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
Login or Register
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

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.


Lauren   Dean

TwitterFacebook
Lauren   Dean
TwitterFacebook
Kit Bradley's champion tup Cornelius.
Kit Bradley's champion tup Cornelius.
Share This

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.


Read More

FG Take The Lead: Calls for local authority action on dog attacks FG Take The Lead: Calls for local authority action on dog attacks
Heatwave makes sheep buyers nervous Heatwave makes sheep buyers nervous
Hero farm dog named Ted saves livestock as fire destroys barn and machinery Hero farm dog named Ted saves livestock as fire destroys barn and machinery

“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.

 

Agressive

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.”

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS