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Last Updated: Tuesday May 03 2011 10:40 GMT

Sheep go ginger to put off thieves

Orange sheep

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A Dartmoor farmer has dyed his sheep bright orange to discourage thieves from stealing them.

John Heard has lost 200 sheep from his farm near Okehampton, so he's dyed his 250 blackface ewes after an idea his son James got from farmers in Scotland.

Lamb has got more expensive so the National Farmers' Union reckons there are lots more sheep thefts.

John thinks now sheep are so easy to identify, it's put off the thieves, who are called rustlers.

John said: "James was working in Scotland and saw some sheep which had been dyed.

A Dartmoor farmer has dyed his sheep bright orange to discourage thieves from stealing them

"It's put an end to the rustling because it makes people think twice about it."

He said the dye, which will have almost grown out by shearing time in July, also helped manage the sheep on the moor by making them easier to spot.