A pedigree flock of Devon & Cornwall Longwools. Picture courtesy of BWMB.
This has been quite a hard winter for sheep farmers: not only has it been very wet indeed, which is bad for sheep, but also the meat prices have been a bit lower …
As a result, there cannot be many shepherds this year who have not experienced losses of ewes, rams, yearling lambs and newly born lambs. We have heard sad stories of lambs being born only to drown in the mud and puddles in the field before they can get up or die of pneumonia from getting too chilled. This is very hard to deal with.
It’s always really sad to lose an animal, whether an old friend or a new one scarcely known yet.