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Protect Newborn Lambs by Keeping Your Dog on a Lead

08 April 2015

UK - Sheep attacks are a major problem on UK farms, says the National Sheep Association, and no more so than at this time of year when ewes are heavily pregnant or have young lambs at foot.

With increasing numbers of sheep worrying incidents being reported, NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker is calling for dog owners to be extra vigilant during the lambing season, and to keep their pets on a lead around livestock.

“Despite previous campaigns, the number of reported dog attacks on ewes and lambs continues to rise,” says Mr Stocker.

“Our members have told us of some really terrible attacks on their flocks that could be prevented simply by dogs being kept on leads around sheep.”

Along with the obvious, horrific injuries dogs can cause when they bite sheep, there are additional risks that being chased by a dog can cause.

Stress caused by chasing can result in pregnant ewes aborting their lambs and lambing problems when they come to give birth.

Particularly important at this time of year, is when chasing and attacks by dogs break the essential bond between a newborn lamb and its mother.

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