Shane Langrell farms in Ballinahinch, Co Wicklow, exactly halfway between Newtownmountkennedy and Roundwood. He went to check on his 30 ewe lambs at 11.30am on Saturday only to discover that 13 had been killed and another two badly injured.

“I discovered that there was blood on some of the sheep. As I went up further, to my shock I discovered there was a lot of dead sheep in the field,” said Langrell. “As I went around I was counting them. I didn’t really know how many there was because I was in a bit of shock myself. With what is dead, slaughtered really is the word, as you can see. It was a fair sight.”