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Sheep Clearance Days 2021
Southern half of the Moor 6-20 November 2021 & Northern half of the Moor 13-27 November 2021. In accordance with the Dartmoor Commons Act 1985 & Regulation 8, ALL SHEEP are prohibited from the commons of Dartmoor during the above dates. Each prohibition period runs for 14 days & all commoners grazing sheep on Dartmoor are legally required to remove their sheep from the commons before the stated period in each section of the moor for the benefit of good animal husbandry. Commoners NOT clearing their sheep will be guilty of an offence & upon conviction may be fined.

There is currently an outbreak in some of the pony herds of a very infectious respiratory disease. It is called 'Strangles' caused by a Streptococcus. It is easily spread by pony to pony contact from nasal discharge, which can also contaminate personal clothing & items, leading to further spread to ponies. Therefore, please observe & enjoy from a distance. Confirmed cases to date on Haytor Down, Trendlebere Down & more recently, Dunnabridge Common. Infected animlas are being monitored by their owners & Livestock Protection Officer. Advice NOT to feed the ponies still applies.

Council has passed the following resolutions during the period when formal meetings were not permitted due to COVID-19: More

Council has responded to a number of consultations during the period when formal meetings were not permitted due to COVID-19. More

Loss of Livestock
Council is continuing to monitor reports of missing livestock in order to gain a better understanding of the scale of the issue, be able to identify if there are any specific hot spots & gather evidence to raise the matter with the Police. PLEASE REPORT ANY INCIDENTS OF MISSING LIVESTOCK DIRECTLY TO THE COMMONERS' COUNCIL OFFICE. TEL: 01822 618892


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