Attack at start of Pentlands’ lambing season

Pentland Hills' farmer Douglas Graham has reported two sheep attack incidents.
Pentland Hills' farmer Douglas Graham has reported two sheep attack incidents.

The start of the lambing season in the Pentland Hills has been marred by two sheep worrying incidents.

Over the coming month, the thousands of ewes which graze on the hills will be giving birth.

A week ago, farmer Douglas Graham confronted walkers after their dog chased a pregnant sheep and ripped its ear. The incident was reported to the police.

Mr Graham’s mother Lynn, whose late husband John farmed the hills, told the Advertiser: “One dog chased the yowe from the top of Turnhouse into the burn and ripped its ear off.

“Douglas got the people, but they declined to give him any details. They were quite aggressive.”

Fortunately, Mr Graham, whose family has farmed Kirkton Farm for 90 years, was able to treat the sheep with antibiotics.

Then, on Monday, Mr Graham spotted a “big breed” dog chasing a group of sheep on Carnethy Hill. A pair of lambs were separated from their mother, but he managed to reunited them.

Last month, Penicuik police joined forces with the Pentland Hills’ farmers and the Countryside Rangers to raise awareness of sheep worrying through increased police patrols on quad bikes.

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