22 Sep 2010

North Island farmers face heavy lamb losses

12:47 pm on 22 September 2010

farmers in the central North Island are also facing serious lamb losses.

Snow is now falling in the central plateau following weeks of rain.

Taihape sheep and beef farmer Fraser Gordon says it is the first snow he has had this year, but conditions are the wettest he has experienced for lambing in 40 years.

Mark Haynes at Ohinewairua Station on the Napier-Taihape Road, says the arrival of the foul weather after a generally mild winter, coincided with the start of lambing there.

He hopes the weather will clear for his main lambing this year, which is still a week and a half away.

Ruth Rainey, who farms in the hill country near Mangaweka, says the snow on top of already saturated ground conditions, is making it grim for lambing and calving.

The snow has also closed some schools in the Taihape area.