13 April 2021

The CLA North team recently issued a media statement urging visitors to the countryside not to feed livestock and wildlife when out and about enjoying the countryside. In addition, encouraging those that live in the countryside and surrounds not to dispose of their garden waste which could be eaten by livestock.

This advice was issued following a tragic incident experienced by CLA member Annabelle Morshead, who farms with sheep near Haydon Bridge when she recently lost 6 breeding ewes after they consumed poisonous garden waste which was left in a field where her sheep were feeding.

Annabelle said: “Visitors and even those residing in the countryside are often unaware of the consequences of how sensitive sheep are to plants such as milkweed, ragwort, morning glory and common nightshade, whether plant waste is innocently disposed of or whether it is randomly fly-tipped in the vicinity where livestock are feeding.”

“For me personally, it was a devastating to have to cull animals due to their suffering as a result of ingesting poisonous materials. With a bit more awareness, this situation could have been averted.”