Farmer dyes sheep orange to stop them being stolen

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A farmer in Devon has resorted to dyeing his sheep orange because he is so angry at thieves stealing from his flock.



ohn Heard put his 250 blackface ewes through a harmless dye to make them stand out and so less likely to be pinched.

‘It produces strange-looking sheep but it has done the trick and I haven’t lost one this year,’ said Mr Heard, who says 200 of his sheep have been stolen in the past few years.

'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.'

Sheep-rustling has become a big problem, with ewes worth about £140 each.

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