Three flocks of sheep savaged by roaming dogs in 48 hour period
31 ewes and 24 lambs killed in three attacks in 48 hours
A Government levy on all dog food to fund the control of marauding dogs is being demanded by the IFA.
The call comes in the aftermath of attacks by roaming dogs on three sheep farms in Co Meath over a period of 48 hours at the weekend.
Nineteen lambs and three ewes were killed on a farm at Dunderry on Saturday morning. Several more from the flock of 65 ewes are not expected to survive.
The previous evening two dogs were chased from a neigbouring holding by the farmer after they had killed three ewes and five lambs.
Twenty-four hours earlier a farm at Nobber suffered a similar fatal attack, with 25 ewes killed or more than a quarter of the entire flock.
The Dunderry attack occurred on the property of Gus Martyn, who farms 100 acres at Dunderry. "At 6.15am on Saturday morning I was awoken by barking dogs savaging my flock of 65 ewes. With the help of a neighbour we managed to shoot one of the dogs and the other got away - two Alsation cross Labradors," Mr Martyn said.
Although19 lambs and three ewes were killed in the attack Mr Martyn said he expected further losses.
"We are treating 13 more lambs, but some will not survive. The ewes are not eating and the lambs can't suck because their necks are all torn with wounds. The wounds were so bad that we had to bathe them and one of them died in the arms of my daughter, Kate, when she tried to revive him," he said.