I think the home slaughter exception applies only to the owner of the sheep on his or her own property. I am not sure you can outsource the job. I reckon this will indeed be an enormous 'ball ache' ...:D
Also, tell us more about that rather pretty rifle. I shall forgive you for putting a 'scope on a double. Very...ahem...'continental'... :p
What else did you shoot there?
There is a case to argue that HOG creates a reasonable expectation, and that by deviating from it so grotesquely, in a way which is so injurious to applicants in some force areas (but not in others) that a given police force is behaving unreasonably.
Whether you win or not is besides the point...
Seek permission from the court to apply for a judicial review of a(ny) relevant police force's decision unreasonably to fetter their discretion, in respect of an applicant, in a way which is inconsistent with HOG.
With sheep, I now wait for the results of a faecal egg count before worming; with dogs I still worm habitually. I don't know whether the advice on the latter will change at any point. Will do as I am told by vit'n'ry as and when.
I bet you never expected such an innocuous little thread to go so awry, eh Bob? :rofl:
That'll teach you good-naturedly to share a bit of gossip. Counsel for the Crown will be along to cross-examine you shortly...:D