Farmers across the Melton borough who have experienced dog attacks on their sheep are being urged to complete a National Sheep Association survey on the issue.
The results of the association’s third annual survey will aim to provide industry stakeholders with a more accurate picture of the issue at a grass-roots level, while highlighting the detrimental impact a dog attack can have on sheep farmers’ livelihoods, particularly during the lambing season.
The association’s chief executive Phil Stocker said: “Sheep worrying by dogs is an issue we have been vocal about for some time now and frustratingly we are continuing to hear reports of attacks on a regular basis.
“Gathering evidence and information is key when communicating the scale of this issue to both the public and the police.
“While our aim is not to discourage people from walking their dogs in the British countryside, it really is vital to get across the message that any dog is capable of harming livestock.
“Aside from the obvious harm physical injuries like bites can have, equally as detrimental can be the aftermath of a dog simply chasing sheep, particularly at this crucial time of year when ewes are likely to be heavily pregnant or have young lambs at foot.”
Sheep farmers who’ve experienced a dog attack can access the survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SheepAttacks2016 or via the National Sheep Association’s website www,nationalsheep.org.uk
The survey will close on April 11.