Farmers fear thousands of animals lost

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Farmers in the south-west say they may have lost thousands of animals in the snow storm.

Carolyn Lamb, regional manager for the NFUS, said farmers were expecting losses of livestock to make grim reading.

“We don’t know at this stage how many animals have died,” she said, “ but it will be in the thousands.

“It has been a real struggle for farmers. The snow has been so deep that there are some places they still haven’t reached to see to their animals.

“It will not be until the snow thaws that we will a better indication of how many have died. The farmers themselves still don’t know how many they have lost.”