Each spring there are numerous attacks on sheep flocks by marauding dogs. The risk of damage to sheep is multiplied at this time of year, with mid-season lambing flocks on the point of giving birth. South-Tipperary man Gerry Ryan, who farms in Ballingarry, discovered his flock was the victim of a dog attack last Wednesday (2 March).

He returned home from work at 1.30pm and quickly knew something was wrong when a batch of 27 triplet-bearing ewes, two quads and a sextuplet were gathered in a bunch inside the gate of the field.