Lambing is one of the most rewarding times in the sheep farmers’ calendar but it can also be one of the most heartbreaking.
Losing thousands of lambs has a high financial cost. It also has an emotional one.
Trying to help lambs and ewes in bad weather is hard physical work and it’s heartbreaking when in spite of your best efforts stock die.
On Nine to Noon this morning Lyn Freeman spoke about the trials to Southland farmers David Rose, Federated Farmers Adverse Events spokesperson and Don Nicolson, Feds president.
One of the questions she asked was whether it would be better to lamb at another time. David gave a similar answer to one I wrote on yesterday’s post about the snow – you can get bad weather at any time and lambing has to be timed to meet the feed cycle.
Every time there’s a bad storm during lambing people who don’t understand farming ask why farmers don’t do more to protect their stock.
The simple answer is they do all they can but in really bad weather that’s not enough.
It’s not like overseas where they have smaller flocks and lamb inside. Here where we have much larger flocks and it’s humanly impossible to give the nurturing required to beat nature’s worst.