I have been reported to Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) for having three untagged sheep on the premises.
It is illegal and, if I don’t tag them, I will be fined £5,000 this week.
So, with our backs up against the wall, we had no choice.
The sheeples are now all double tagged – one in each ear. One with a microchip and one without. Both have my flock number and their number.
We tagged them in the order they arrived in our lives.
Lambie is No 1.
‘Bert is No 2.
‘Ster is No 3.
What can I say? I do not agree with this practice. I think it is cruel, barbaric and very wrong.
When I asked why the sheeples should be tagged. I was told it was for identification purposes. I could identify my three anywhere. They don’t leave the premises. They are pets.
If I tagged my dog, BeAnne, I would be reported for cruelty. Why is it different rules for sheep (and cows)? Do not use the argument that it doesn’t hurt them because it does. While it was being done,Lambie ground his teeth (pain) and is now hanging his head on the floor. He is very upset, he hurts and he is telling me.
Thirty minutes before they were tagged, Daisy and I put Emla (local anaesthetic cream) cream in their ears but I don’t think I put it in far enough so it didn’t work well.
‘Bert and ‘Ster pretty quickly got over their ordeal. They’ve had chats, biscuits and scratches.
But I spent an hour sitting outside with Lambie playing him The Carpenters trying to calm him down.
Five hours on and Lambie is still very upset and stressed. He is not lifting his head. No biscuits in the world is going to make this situation better. I may have to buy some medical Wotsits.
My poor boys. Bureaucracy stinks.