Part-time sheep farmer Alan Sloane was on his way home from work last Tuesday, 2 February, when he saw a stag hunt enter his land near Newry in Co Down. It was too late, however, as the hunting hounds had already come across his in-lamb ewes.

"I had the stock out because it was a nice day. I came home from work, and I could see the hunt going on about 500 yards away.