Colorful sheep?? Ewe’ve been tangoed! Farmer dyes his sheep orange


So I saw a photo of colorful sheep, but turns out it was photoshopped.  Bummer.

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But it turns out, that some farmers have started

Ewe’ve been tangoed! Farmer dyes his sheep orange in desperate bid to thwart thieves stealing flock

or potential sheep thieves on the tiny Isle of Mull it appears the future is no longer bright – but it is very much still orange.

That’s because one desperate farmer has given his flock a coat to dye for in a bid to thwart sheep rustlers on the Scottish island

With the help of non-toxic orange dye the farmer has given the sheep the bizarre makeover as a result of ever increasing thefts.

Would ewe believe it: A farmer on the Isle of Mull has resorted to using bright orange dye on his sheep as he bids to fool thieves

Would ewe believe it: A farmer on the Isle of Mull has resorted to using bright orange dye on his sheep as he bids to fool thieves

Colourful imagination: The idea is that criminals will find it hard to run off with the brightly coloured animals clearly belonging to the farmer

Colourful imagination: The idea is that criminals will find it hard to run off with the brightly coloured animals clearly belonging to the farmer

As lamb sales increase and with each ewe’s price thought to be in the region of £140 it is no surprise he has taken extreme measures to set his livestock out from the rest.

 But with the cost of rural crime in the UK expected to top £60 million for 2012, this Scottish farmer is not the first to use his colourful imagination.

Farmer John Heard also used the eye-catching solution last year after thieves pinched as many as 200 sheep to sell for meat.

Ewe've been tangoed: The sheep seem undeterred by the unusual looking coats

Ewe’ve been tangoed: The sheep seem undeterred by the unusual looking coats

Future's bright: The increase in farmers using dye has risen as theft of livestock continues to rise

Future’s bright: The increase in farmers using dye has risen as theft of livestock continues to rise

Pulling the wool over criminals eyes: The sheep can be spotted from a distance in their unique colour, making it easier for farmers to keep a close eye on

Pulling the wool over criminals eyes: The sheep can be spotted from a distance in their unique colour, making it easier for farmers to keep a close eye on

Baaarmy: The colouring is not harmful to the sheep but does give them a coat to dye for

Baaarmy: The colouring is not harmful to the sheep but does give them a coat to dye for

But once he had treated them to an orange rinse, the 250 blackface ewes at his livestock farm near Okehampton, Devon, were so highly visible and easily distinguishable that the criminals gave them a wide berth.

Mr Heard explained: ‘Sheep rustling has become a big problem with ewes worth around £140 each. My flock roams Dartmoor and I was getting mighty fed up with losing so many.

‘My son James suggested the orange dye and although it produces some strange-looking sheep it has done the trick and I haven’t lost one this year.

‘It works because they are so easy to distinguish making it easier for me and my neighbours to keep a wary eye out for them.

‘Plus the rustlers are obviously nervous about stealing such easily distinguished animals.

‘Other farmers as well as a fair few ramblers have been shocked but others have said they are now willing to try the idea if it works.

‘At the moment it is doing exactly what I hoped it would and stopping the rustlers in their tracks.’.

The non-toxic dye does the sheep no harm and eventually wears off with no side effects for the animals.

The National Farmer’s Union has warned that the financial hardship facing the country has led to a big increase in rural crimes like sheep rustling.

There has been a five-fold increase in sheep thefts this year.

Dartmoor farmer John Heard used a similar tactic last year

Dartmoor farmer John Heard used a similar tactic last year

I can see ewe! Farmer John Heard and his son James were forced to take desperate measures after some 250 sheep were stolen

I can see ewe! Farmer John Heard and his son James were forced to take desperate measures after some 250 sheep were stolen

 

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