A farmer in the Isle of Mull in Scotland has dyed his sheep in non-toxic bright orange color to give a special identity to his flock in order to prevent rustlers from stealing his animals.
This has been reported in dalymail.co.uk of dated the 1st of November 2012.
The sale of lamb is on the increase and with the price tag of £140 for each ewe it is but natural that he would go in for proper measures to ensure safety of his livestock.
It seems the trend had been set by farmer John Heard last year farm near Okehampton, Devon – he also used eye-catching dyes of orange color after thieves stole nearly 200 sheep from his stocks that graze in Dartmoor.
Rustlers have second thoughts when they see such colored animals – it acts as a deterrent because the rustlers are obviously nervous about stealing such easily distinguishable sheep.
Incidentally – thefts of sheep had increased nearly 5-fold in one year.
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