Penning and blue cartridges may be the only solutions

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Last week when I visited Devon, my father and I admired a field of sheep preparing to lamb.

‘Why are their bums blue?’ I asked.

‘Rams have a blue cartridge strapped to their bellies. That way the farmer knows which ewes have been served.’

Forget phone-hacking. There’s no such thing as a private life if you’re a sheep.

‘Why aren’t they all blue?’

‘Underage ewes are kept penned away from the ram.’

This month, NHS research revealed that a quarter of young women had experienced underage sex.

More education is recommended to encourage abstinence.

But until we stop bombarding teenagers with sex in every ad and pop video, I fear only penning or blue cartridges on boys will work.