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WATCH: Donkey shows bull who's boss

A farmer from Dumfries is teaching his bulls how to behave on a halter- by having a donkey train them.

Richard McCornick breeds Charolais at Barnbackle Farm near Lochfoot and says the donkey, who he's named 'Donkey', helps calm his bulls.

It's the easiest way to halter break your cattle for the shows and sales. Donkey enjoys putting the bull through his paces.

"Donkeys seem to be growing in popularity recently for halter breaking cattle because they soon show the bull who's boss. They're such stubborn animals but Donkey isn't long with them!"

"It makes life so much easier, and it's also pretty funny to watch."

– Richard McCornick, Farmer, Ricnic Charlois


Holy cow! Police close roads in Dumfries after bull escapes from market

Police in Dumfries were forced to close Annan Road and several surrounding roads, after a rampaging bull escaped from a local market.

Drivers were warned to avoid the area and people were told to stay in their homes.

Police soon detained the escapee cow and the roads have been reopened.

The stand-off between the police and the cow. Credit: Graeme Robertson
Credit: Graeme Robertson

Council outsources dog fouling duties

A new approach to tackling dog fouling. Credit: PA

Scottish Borders Council has outsourced its dog fouling duties to the enforcement firm 3GS.

During the 12-month pilot scheme the company's officers will be able to hand out £80 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and littering.

They will target known "problem areas" in the Scottish Borders, and will also be involved in educating communities.

The officers are expected to be in post later this month, and it's thought to be the first time a Scottish council has teamed up with a private company on the issue.

This is a 12-month pilot and will be reviewed regularly to understand its impact, before a longer term solution is recommended.

– Councillor David Paterson, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services
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