Storm’s record lamb­ing loss

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FARMING -

A record num­ber of lambs were lost dur­ing the 2018 lamb­ing sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Fallen Stock Com­pany (NFSCo).

Pro­longed cold weather af­ter the Beast From The East storm re­sulted in more than 250,000 recorded lamb losses across the UK in March, April and May. NFSCo chair­man Michael Seals said adult losses were also the high­est for five years and unas­signed losses were 10% higher than av­er­age.

Phil Stocker, Na­tional Sheep As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “If it wasn’t for the cur­rent strong fin­ished lamb prices, sheep farm­ers would now be des­per­ate. There will be many that did not ben­e­fit di­rectly and are not out of the woods yet.”

Char­lie Adam, NFU Scot­land live­stock com­mit­tee chair­man, said: “Th­ese fig­ures back up anec­do­tal ev­i­dence from many sheep keep­ers all around the coun­try. Stock losses are ex­tremely up­set­ting and the im­pact of that is both emotional and fi­nan­cial.”

The Beast From The East took 250,000 lambs

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