A new children's book has been issued explaining why lambs die in cold snaps.
The book is jointly published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Meat & Wool New Zealand, the Veterinary Association and the Animals in Schools Education Trust, in a bid to bridge the knowledge gap between the rural and urban communities.
The idea for the book arose from images of dead and dying lambs on the TV news.
Trust board member Vicky Melville says research indicates most children have little or no knowledge about the farming sector - especially urban children. Cold Snap Lambs aims to help with that.