IFA has developed a protocol for farmers whose sheep flocks suffer a dog attack.

Sheep Committee chairman John Lynskey launched the 10-step programme on Wednesday. It is designed to assist farmers in following all appropriate steps in the most traumatic of situations. He said: “Based on the feedback IFA gets from farmers who have had to deal with a dog attack on their flock, the biggest problems surround a lack of information on what they should do, who they should contact and where can they get help.”