Dog owners are being urged to be responsible and control their dogs on farmland when out and about this spring.

Farmers wants owners to pick up after their pets and keep them on a lead around livestock.

Last year, a total or 20 ewes and their unborn lambs were killed in Skelmorlie, sparking an appeal from Largs Police.

With many lambs now in fields, it is imperative that dogs are under the full control of their owners and attacks on sheep are avoided. This message ties in with the National Farmer's Union’s awareness-raising campaign, Control Your Dog on Farmland, launched last month to tackle the blight of irresponsible access by dog walkers in Scotland’s countryside.

Attacks on livestock on farmland are still on the increase, as is the problem of dog fouling which can cause livestock to contract dangerous diseases.