Bad Weather for lambing 2013

On the 22nd March 2013 a force 9 gale brought with it the worst snowfall that the Isle of Man has experienced. It could not come at a worse time as our ewes had just started lambing. Drifting snow covered fences and hedges and drifts in some places were over 7 metres deep. Our potential losses were reduced by a section of gorse being held up by blackthorn trees as this is where one flock sheltered. The drifts stayed with us for over four weeks. Any ewe and lamb in distress were brought in to the farm for cover. Loaghtans are hardy sheep and they proved themselves admirably. We had high lamb losses but our thoughts go out to other farmers that suffered more than us and our sincere thanks go out to all the people who helped us.

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