The 92 ewes and 184 lambs were taken overnight between Thursday 10 and Friday 11 May and are a mix of breeds, although the majority of them are Pedigree Easy care ewes. This breed of ewe is very unusual and should therefore be easily spotted if they’re being held in a field. Pedigree Easy care ewes often look skinny and or bald as they shed their wool once it grows a few centimetres long, fields in which they’re kept will be full of the wool the sheep have shed.
The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) will distribute the funds to help cover the costs of fallen stock retrieval following prolonged wet weather which resulted in a sharp rise in livestock losses. In a statement, NFSCo said funds will be available to all livestock farmers in Scotland who have had an increase in their fallen stock collection costs for sheep and cattle collected between February 1 and April 30, over and above the previous two years’ average.
The graphic images and noticeable increase in reports of sheep worrying over recent weeks, once again brings to the fore the constant challenge farmers face in educating the public of the potential impacts their actions can have on livestock. “While dog attacks on livestock are no new thing, police are now reporting a sharp rise in incidents across the country,” says Charlotte Wilson of agricultural insurance broker Farmers & Mercantile (F&M). “We have certainly seen an escalation in the number of claims.”
Farmers throughout the region are having to contend with a significant increase in the number of dog attacks on farm animals. Figures released by NFU Mutual Peak show the average cost of claims for farm animals killed or injured by dogs dealt with by NFU Mutual more than doubles during the first three months of the year. And the Midlands area is the worst affected English region with an estimated cost to farming of £280,000 in 2017.
Lambs are dying and crops failing in waterlogged fields as farmers in North Yorkshire say they are facing the worst spring in decades. The prolonged wet weather on top of a harsh winter has left swathes of farmland drenched. It has led to livestock losses, dwindling feed supplies and crops submerged in water.
The death toll on Scottish sheep farms has seen a sharp increase following spells of heavy snow this winter, according to official figures. Farming leaders said sheep farmers were facing a "war of attrition" from the weather after a severe winter followed a wet summer and autumn. And they warned that it could affect productivity for the rest of the year.
Hertfordshire farmers suffered a financial loss of £23,470 from killed or maimed sheep. In the five areas, 1,928 animals were killed, and 1,614 injured - at an estimated cost of £250,000. In some cases, the farmer suffered financial losses in excess of £20,000 for a single incident. Hertfordshire Constabulary recorded 108 incidents of livestock worrying from May 2014 to August 2017.
An appeal for information has been launched after the death of a sheep following a dog attack at Aberlady Nature Reserve. Dog owners are being reminded not to walk their pets at the reserve, which is off-limits for dogs. Aberlady Bay is the oldest Local Nature Reserve in Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust maintains a flock of sheep there for conservation grazing.
Wyoming sheep and lamb producers lost 34,000 animals to weather, predators, disease and other causes during 2017, representing a total value of $6.31 million, according to a survey conducted by USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Mountain Regional Field Office. This study was undertaken at the request of the Wyoming Business Council, Agribusiness Division who also provided funding.
The Australian government has pledged A$5.2 million ($3,88 million) to help farmers to combat wild dogs attack which complicate the work of the industry, trying to recover from a severe drought that has reduced herds. Wild dogs are estimated to cost the agricultural sector of Australia in A$66 million each year, destroying livestock and passing of the disease, reported the Ministry of agriculture in a press statement. Australia is the third largest country for the production of sheep in the world, where the number of sheep is three times the number of residents.
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