IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said the growing number of savage dog attacks on sheep flocks must lead to dog owners taking greater responsibility. He said calls logged to the IFA hotline show over 170 sheep have been killed or injured this year. The total for last year (2013) was 359.

“Unfortunately, I am taking calls on a frequent basis from sheep farmers around the country who have suffered attacks. There are far too many dog owners not taking the responsibility that goes with owning a pet. Dog owners have an obligation to have their dog under control at all times.”

He said, “Up to 2.5m lambs will be been born on 30,000 sheep farms across the country this spring. Sheep flocks are very vulnerable to dog attacks at this critical time, and especially during the night.”

John Lynskey said the Association has launched a Protocol to help farmers who encounter a dog attack on their sheep flock. The IFA protocol involves an easy-to- follow, 10-point Plan of Action covering what a farmer should do following a dog attack or sheep kill.

The IFA has developed a protocol for farmers who encounter a dog attack on their sheep flocks. This 10-point plan is a simple, easy-to-follow protocol aimed at helping sheep farmers who encounter a dog attack on their flock. The IFA is also working with the Department of the Environment and Local Government, including the dog warden services on highlighting responsible dog ownership.

  1. Stop the dogs
  2. Follow the law
  3. Inform the Gardai
  4. Ring the Dog Warden
  5. Contact the IFA
  6. Ring the vet
  7. Keep the evidence/take a picture
  8. Get a valuation of losses
  9. Inform your insurance company
  10. Tell your sheep farming neighbours