Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed has been called on by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) to engage in consultation with farm organisations on the means of distributing the €100 million Brexit support package.This is to ensure the money is with farmers as soon as possible, according to the group.
With risk levels rising sharply in the last seven to 10 days, the SCOPS Nematodirus Forecast is warning that many areas of the UK now at ‘high’ or ‘very high’ risk levels for lambs that are six weeks old. In the cooler regions of the UK, temperatures have yet to reach the threshold so farmers in these areas need to watch the forecast carefully.
Several families in Marsabit County are counting heavy losses after hundreds of goats died following heavy rains. According to Hurri location chief Bonaya Racha, 504 goats died in Hurri Hills shortly after rains hit the area last week on Thursday. One family reportedly lost 324 goats on Thursday evening and another 130 on Friday.
Police have revealed 54 sheep have been killed by dogs on Bodmin Moor in a year. Officers say the number of attacks and cases of livestock worrying have risen. Since last April, 22 sheep have been injured and another 11 rescued after being chased over a quarry. However, the force believes the number of attacks could be higher because many go unreported.
Up to 70 sheep have been found dead on a farm in Cumbria in a suspected livestock worrying attack last week. The sheep were in a field off the Orton Road, Dalston when the incident happened on Monday (February 11). The stock killed in the attack have been valued locally at between £10,500 and £15,000.
Capital Regional District directors will consider a bylaw amendment to end the decades-old practice of compensating farmers for livestock lost to marauding dogs. It’s a move that’s wrong-headed, says sheep farmer John Buchanan of Parry Bay Sheep Farm in Metchosin, who noted that while losses to dogs have become infrequent in recent years, they still happen and can be costly to farmers, while a rather insignificant cost to the CRD.
Farmers have been warned to be vigilant after a bad dog attack left nine sheep dead with a further three needing to be put down due to injuries earlier this week. Issuing the warning, Northern Ireland based veterinary practice Orchard Veterinary Centre Armagh explained through social media the incident that had occurred near the village of Keady in Co. Armagh.
Results from the ‘June Survey’ of Welsh agriculture, released this week, show that the total number of sheep and lambs in Wales has fallen by 5 per cent in 2018, to 9.53 million. There has been a steady increase in the national sheep flock over the past decade to 10 million in 2017. This year’s fall is being widely attributed to climatic factors which have made the past twelve months a particularly difficult period for Welsh farmers.
Heavy rainfall and strong south-easterly gales blasted Wairarapa and Hawke's Bay unrelentingly in the first week of September. A senior analyst at AgriHQ, Mel Croad, said the conditions had made for a tough environment for new born lambs. Some farmers had reported their losses may account for 20 percent of their lamb crop, a devastating blow to farm incomes and farmer morale, she said.
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