25 Sep 2009

Snowfall arrives during late lambing

1:57 pm on 25 September 2009

Snow down to low levels in Wairarapa has caught sheep farmers whose flocks are in the middle of late lambing.

MetService on Thursday advised farmers to move stock to shelter as a cold snap brought snow to the southern North Island and northern South Island.

Alan Stuart, who farms near Masterton in Wairarapa, said the snow fell to lower than the 400 metre level that had been forecast.

Lloyd Hollway, who farms sheep on hill country at Waitara Station off the Napier-Taupo highway, says there has been rain and wind as well as the snow, so he expects to have had some stock losses from the cold weather last night.

Brian Waters, who farms in the Aokautere-Turitea area in the foothills east of Palmerson North, says yesterday's snow was a surprise, however stock is well fed and there is plenty of cover, so he is not expecting heavy losses.