Livestock worrying, Disease threat at agricultural shows
A new campaign to highlight the dangers of dogs to sheep and lambs is to be launched. Plus Viral haemorrhagic disease in rabbits and Disease management at Agricultural shows.
A new campaign to highlight the dangers of dogs to sheep and lambs is launched today. LEAD, Livestock Education and Dogs aims to explain to dog owners why their pets should be kept on a lead around livestock. We've had a chance to preview the video - it shows the reality of what dog attacks on sheep look like, and what effect an incident can have on both farmers and on dogs and their owners. We also speak to the North Wales Police's rural crime team to find out if current legislation is tough enough.
Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) is a highly infectious disease that affects wild and domestic rabbits. A recent outbreak means that the rabbit section of Agricultural shows across the country have been cancelled to prevent the spread of infection. We speak to chief vet at the Great Yorkshire Show, Andrew Schofield, about how they manage disease risk in Yorkshire.