Reflecting on a “bad” winter … what do we mean? The UK winter which is nearing its end has been miserably wet though not very cold. This is an unpleasant combination for farmers and for sheep.
When the weather is wet, it’s more difficult to move around the fields, there’s mud in gateways and “poaching” of muddy damaged grass extends many yards into the fields themselves from each gate. And then if it has been windy, the gutters that feed the rainwater tanks may be damaged, causing leaks and more mud at a time when getting a ladder out to do repairs is unusually difficult.