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Kilkenny farmer shocked as canine kill 4 dairy heifer calves

A Co. Kilkenny farmer stated that he couldn’t imagine it when he found that two canine had attacked and killed 4 of his dairy heifer calves.

After that they had completed milking on Monday (June 27) afternoon, Patrick Prendergast and his son Phillip, who farm at Tullamaine, Callan, went to maneuver their 22 calves to recent grass.

“On the way in which down I stated to Phillip, ‘Take a look at that calf, why is she standing in the midst of the sphere together with her head down? There’s one thing improper together with her’.

“The crater had no nostril left on her; she had no face, it was all ate off her. She was simply standing there, she was nonetheless alive,” the farmer advised Agriland.

Patrick then discovered one other three heifers who have been already lifeless because of being mauled by the canine.

A vet was referred to as to place the severly injured calf to sleep.

Picture: Patrick Prendergast

The remaining 18 calves, who survived the canine assault, all wanted veterinary therapy.

Patrick stated that a number of the animals had puncture marks on them and their eyes had been broken by briars whereas that they had tried to flee the canine by working by means of a ditch.

He stated that the vet is worried that one calf could lose a watch consequently.

One of many canine, understood to be a Rottweiler, was shot on the farm that night.

The second, a German Shepherd, which returned to the farm the next night however ran off, was later put down.

“It’s not the canine’ fault. They weren’t minded and so they weren’t taken care of,” Patrick stated.

“We simply wish to spotlight that individuals who personal canine have to take care of them, particularly these kinds of canine. However any canine can flip in the event that they get into the improper firm,” he added.


The Prendergast household are new entrants to dairy this 12 months, having beforehand been concerned in contract heifer rearing and beef manufacturing.

Patrick defined that they’re at the moment milking 48 cows, which they hope to develop to 90 in 2023 and round 140 the next 12 months.

As a part of their enlargement plan, Patrick had bought six “top-class” financial breeding index (EBI) heifer calves this 12 months from a farm in Co. Wexford. 4 of these six animals are actually lifeless.

Gardaí confirmed to Agriland that they’re investigating a canine offence incident which occurred at an agricultural property exterior Callan, Co. Kilkenny at roughly 4:30p.m on Monday, June 27, 2022.

“It was reported that 4 livestock have been killed within the incident. Enquiries are ongoing,” a garda spokesperson added.

Patrick stated that the proprietor of the canine has since apologised to him and provided to cowl the monetary value of the incident.

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