The Department of Agriculture must show greater flexibility around sheep inspections during the busy lambing months. That’s the view of ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara. He says there are welfare issues when it comes to moving heavy in-lamb or recently lambed ewes; they do not need to be subjected to unnecessary stress.

As sheep farmers, he claims, we are on duty twenty-four hours a day at this time of year. Inspections can pile the pressure on and unless they are absolutely necessary, they should be carried out in the quieter months.

He is also reminding dog owners not to become complacent when it comes to knowing where their pets are at all times.

Every lambing season, he says, sees the same carnage caused by dogs around the country. Any dog can cause mayhem with livestock if they are allowed to roam free.

Speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley, Sean began by explaining the pressures on sheep farmers at present and why inspections are adding to it…




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