What the flock? Farmer spray paints sheep as moving billboard
A North Yorkshire farmer has sprayed the logo of his business on the side of a flock of sheep as a way of getting round planning laws.
James Metcalfe, from Dalton, near Richmond, is blocked from putting up billboards to advertise as they could distract drivers on the nearby A1.
He has painted the logo of his turf business on the side of 20 of his newly-shorn flock.
Mr Metcalfe said: "They were quite happy with it."
He added: "We wanted to put up a sign next to the A1 but planning is quite difficult.
But Mr Metcalfe, who part owns Tyas Turf, said there was a flaw in his enterprising plan because the animals preferred to shelter at the top of the fields rather than next to the prime location next to the A1.
"They are not trained to stand still," he added.
Ah – that could be a slight hitch then! And I doubt concrete boots for the sheep would go down very well with animal rights activists!
Thinking about this, I’m not sure what’s more distracting to motorists: seeing a large billboard advertising turf in a field or a flock of tattooed sheep wandering around.
"The sheep have just been sheared so it was an opportunity.
"They were quite happy with it. We used a stencil on each side and it only took a couple of seconds."
Hmm. I wonder if a law practice adopted the same strategy with satisfied clients who had recently had a haircut? …Possibly in conjunction with a
nominal reduction of the fee? Don’t try and tell me there’d be an outcry!
And actually, I could do with some good quality turf for the back lawn of my new house. James, if you’re reading, can we do some kind of deal for me featuring this story?