This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about dog attacks – the suffering, the aftermath and how farmers can fight back.
A surge in pet ownership and countryside visitors brought by the Covid-19 pandemic has seen an increase in dog attacks on farm animals. UK police forces have dealt with more than 1100 incidents of sheep worrying in 2020, up from 800 in 2019 – a 37 per cent increase.
These attacks cause unbearable suffering to farm animals as well as huge anxiety for farmers and their families as they deal with the aftermath. How can farmers fight back?
Farmers Guardian’s deputy editor Olivia Midgley speaks to National Sheep Association chief executive Phil Stocker to find out what can be done to tackle the growing problem.
She also speaks to Dorset sheep farmer Jemma Harding who talks about the trauma she’s faced with dog attacks over the years, alongside biosecurity minister and farmer Lord John Gardiner, who discusses how the Countryside Code can help keep livestock safe.
Find out more about the new legislation addressing the increasing number of attacks: www.fginsight.com/news/news/tougher-penalties-for-owners-whose-dogs-attack-livestock-move-step-closer-116304
Find out more about the Countryside Code: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-countryside-code-launched-to-help-people-enjoy-the-outdoors
Advice on what to do if your sheep are worried by a dog:
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