A sheep farmer in Cavan has said his farm was “under siege” from dogs in the 10 months. Since May of last year and, in six separate attacks by dogs, Johnny Lynch has lost 53 lambs and two sheep.

“I’ve had a woeful run of it alright,” said Johnny when contacted by the Irish Farmers Journal. “I’ve lost over 50 lambs and a few ewes all-in-all. It’s gone beyond a joke now,” he added.