If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on [email protected] for help. Thanks :)

Neighbours sheep always in my garden??

  • 31-07-2022 8:29am
    Registered Users Posts: 38 vwcorrado

    Hi all

    We have had our neighbours sheep in the garden for the past few months. At least two to three times a week. We did text our neighbour and tell him the first time and then asked him face to face. He doesn't even acknowledge that they are in or even say sorry.

    He didn't care and basically shouted back at me. They are coming in from next door and they enter that land as they have no gate. We have a front wall and gate (always closed) and there's a ditch between us and another neighbour.

    Surly I don't have to put a sheep fence up to keep his sheep out as he can't keep them in.

    Especially during the summer now and the kids are playing, theres sheep s*** everywhere.

    What can I do now?


    Post edited by greysides on



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,708 ✭✭✭ xhomelezz

    Eat them. Or send them to me, need to fill up the freezer.

  • I live in the countryside. A good fence keeps your stock in and your neighbours stock out. A ditch on its own doesn’t always work. A good chain link or sheep wire fence is a good investment for peace of mind and peace with neighbours.

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 27,657 ✭✭✭✭ whelan2

    Handier just to stockproof your side of the hedge.

  • Registered Users Posts: 651 ✭✭✭ Packrat

    Speak to him once more before pressing the nuclear button and contacting DVO.

    Make it clear that you'd rather not cause problems for him by doing this but that you will if he doesn't rectify it.

    Give him one week to fence them out.

    You yourself will be liable for any accident they cause if you put them on the road.

    Finally, theft is a crime and some non-farmers and cattle farmers seem to think its fine to steal/eat someone else's trespassing sheep. Its not.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,432 ✭✭✭ Jim_Hodge

    Not their fault if the sheep go on the road because their gates are open though.

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 651 ✭✭✭ Packrat

    Not at all. Sheep aren't deer, most will stop at a 2'6 wire fence plus one or two barbed over it. Ive had a few jumpers who will jump this but they're very rare and always Swale type ewes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,804 ✭✭✭ mikeecho

    Get a loan of a large dog.

    Make sure the dog has enough rope to freely travel to the boundary, but not cross it .

    Your neighbor might adjust his thinking.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,346 ✭✭✭ pointer28

    It's his responsibility to keep his stock in, it's not yours to keep them out.

    Get a nice fat quote from a landscaper to repair any damage to your garden and see how smart he is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38 vwcorrado

    Thanks for the replies. The neighbour in question lives down the road and the neighbour beside me doesn't have the sheep but he doesn't have a gate so they are coming in his driveway and then crossing the ditch to me.

    I'm probably going to have to go down the route of getting a fence but it's crazy to have to put one between me and my good neighbour who doesn't own animals!. I also don't like the look of sheep wire all along a long border


  • Registered Users Posts: 434 ✭✭ tooka

    go to a solicitor and pay 150 ish for a letter to the farmer warning of taking a claim for damage caused by the sheep

    that will end it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,975 ✭✭✭ irishgeo

    The farmer is in a scheme probably getting money for keeping them. A few complaints to the dept of agriculture that he is breaking the rules of the scheme with photo evidence should prompt in investigation.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭ Gant21

    Hitch on the 10x5 onto the berlingo and round up the sheep and sell them. They are in your property now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 187 ✭✭ Gamergurll

    We are in a similar situation but we are renting and our landlord doesn't want us to say anything to fall out with the farmer whom he knows 🙄

    Our land is only partially fenced, and the open part leads onto public land which the farmer uses for his sheep, they are always wandering up our garden is destroyed and sometimes I can't let the kids out. One got caught in some broken barbed wire a few doors up and cut its self to death it was brutal there was blood all over the road, the farmer didn't even seem too bothered,

    Another neighbour has a husky which sometimes he leaves loose, he's been down in the land chasing the sheep it's horrible to watch and he managed to catch a lamb recently. The sheep are always up and down the road and not one of the neighbours want to say boo to this guy countryside mentality is shocking, yes we haven't said anything but he will go straight back to the landlord. Was never sure who to contact because the guards said it was nothing to do with them but I've had it to the teeth with them

  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ Still stihl waters 3

    I've done this in a similar situation, loaded them up and dropped them back to his yard over 10 miles away, I did it 4 or 5 times before he got sick of me, I had a big smile every time I dropped them back telling him his sheep wandered into my place again, he keeps a few quiet cows next to me now with never a bother

    Cunce like this need to be handled quickly op, he doesn't care so just report him to the department, make a nuisance of yourself and they'll act, that or get a good dog on a long lead to keep them out

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 1,757 ✭✭✭ paddysdream

    Had something similar here this year .Was getting calls maybe two or three times a day regarding sheep on the road .They were not mine but as I had a good number of them grazing fields beside where they were getting out I was plagued with calls .

    The sheep were on the road numerous times a day and grazing flowerbeds and lawns in about half a dozen houses .They (maybe 10 ewes and their lambs ) were being kept in a large garden which was totally bare .

    In the end the Garda came and as far as I know the Dept. or some other body removed the sheep .The owners would not be unused to the boys in blue calling though .

    From a practical point of view putting up a fence makes sense but no way would I /should you do it .its hardly you who should be paying for keeping out the neighbours stock .That attitude seems to pop up on this forum from time to time though .Know that around here there wouldn't be any sympathy for a farmer whose stock were out regularly .Cattle or sheep can get out on even the best kept farms but for it to happen on a regular basis is unacceptable .

    And before anyone comes along and blames "blow ins " for all this with their fancy new houses in the countryside please have a look at your local Petty Sessions (local court sitting ) from 100 plus years ago .Farmer after farmer fined for allowing stock on the road .Eg .Constable X saw paddysdream cow and calf on the road at Y on such and such a day .Result - fine .Farmer B says paddysdream 4 cows and six sheep trespassed on his meadow at A on such and such a date .Result - fine .

    Have read through years and years of our local ones and almost each and every farm around here (including both my great grandfathers ) were fined at some stage .

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,915 ✭✭✭ herdquitter

    Depends on the neighbour but this is the route I would take. You may end up with larger problems depending on the type of person he is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,720 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    Well you'll find that plenty of houses were built before the 2000s as well.

    Newest blow ins just down the road here bought a house parts of which are well over 200 years old (It looks like it was extended over the years and old maps show that too). Another one up the road was bought about 10 years ago. That was some kind of early "council house" from what I can tell. Would have been originally a two room cottage. It would be about 100 years old. More blow ins in a similar one about a mile away in another direction but that seems more modern as in maybe 70 years old. And then the worst set of blow-ins from a nuisance perspective did buy a site and build, but that was over 40 years ago. Planning must not have been automatic back then either because my father remembers that man coming into the area and says the man said he must have had some connections as he bought a small field for agricultural value confident that he would get planning. (As in, my father gives the impression that it would have been a little unusual even back then)

    Planning permission was hard got in these parts since the 1990's. So I can't think of any sites that were sold to blow-ins from that time. I gather it is only an old trope thrown out. Maybe in some areas it was less strict.

    Edit: I tell a lie. A family not too far from me did sell a site in the 2000s. They would have had an old labourers cottage and about 10 acres. One of the sons (who would have been in his 40s at the time) got permission in his own name and allowed someone else to build the house. They wouldn't be wealthy people by any stretch of the imagination though. I'd have no idea what the person paid him for the land. That son lives in the old cottage still.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭ Gant21

    That farmer may be in organic farming and over stocked. Hasn’t the grass himself so let the thieves fend for themselves.

  • Registered Users Posts: 266 ✭✭ HazeDoll

    I had something similar here except it was cows breaking in. I used to have to drive off to work in the morning knowing there were cows behind the house wreaking havoc.

    I get that you're unwilling to explore the more drastic options suggested here. After all, you have to keep living there when the dust settles.

    I tried politely and firmly telling him that this needed to be sorted but he didn't even pretend to be concerned. I went down the route of having a quiet word with a guard. The guard rang him there in front of me. Listened to the farmer talking shite and kept coming back to saying "Put an end to it so, fix the fences. I'm going to tell her now that you have said you'll be out to fix them tomorrow morning. She's very annoyed, if she starts adding up the cost of the damage she'll be on to a solicitor and you'll regret not spending a few quid on fencing."

    It worked, for a while at least.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,757 ✭✭✭ paddysdream

    And sometimes you just have to man up and do the right thing regardless .

    In my situation the " farmers " involved are be people whose reputation ìs unsavory to say the least. Let's just say they are people who fit the description of " well known to the Gardai ".

    Every situation is different and no one approach is always correct . Without knowing all the ins and outs we can only speculate.

    Do know that if it were me I would be doing something at this stage .

  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 6,206 ✭✭✭ Furze99

    Bad fences make bad neighbours, just fence your property. That's what people do.

This discussion has been closed.