Snow comes at a critical time for sheep farmers.

North East sheep farmers have been hit particularly hard by the heaviest November snow falls for over 30 years.

Many have already been forced to break into low supplies of winter fodder to feed ewe flocks in the midst of tupping time, but meeting the nutritional needs of ewes is only part of the problem facing flockmasters. Much needed grazing is now under three feet of snow on some hill farms where feeding ewes with hay and silage risks disrupting normal breeding behaviour.

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