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Lambing farmers struggle in snow
Sheep in snowy conditions

The latest snowfall across north east Wales has caused "dreadful" problems for sheep farmers still grappling with the busy lambing season.

Five or six inches of snow fell overnight on Thursday with snow lying around in villages on higher ground.

Ken Bellis, who farms 300 metres above sea level in Llandegla in Denbighshire, said the latest snowfall has been quite bad.

"The snow we had two weeks ago was dry snow, but the snow we had last night and today is very wet and that is bad for the animals," he said.

"It lies on the fleece of the sheep and when the lambs are born they're wet and they don't dry off very quickly and they starve.

Llandegla
Snow fell throughout Thursday night in Llandegla

"We've been up all night with the sheep. It was dreadful last night.

"We had sets of twins and about five singles overnight and they're all alive and they're all alright."

Mr Bellis said for once the weather did not catch them by surprise.

"The weather forecast was quite good this time because it did warn us that this weather was coming so we were prepared.

"We've had snow here in May and March is a bad month in Llandegla. You expect this kind of weather," he added.

Although the snow has subsided in most areas of north east Wales, motorists are still being urged to take care.

The Horseshoe Pass in Denbighshire which connects Llangollen to the main A525 Wrexham road was closed on Friday due to drifting snow.

In Wrexham, four schools have been closed due to the bad weather and one has been shut in Denbighshire.

There are no reported problems in Flintshire.

Four to five inches of snow has fallen in some areas on higher ground and one resident from Coedpoeth near Wrexham said the conditions were "blizzard like".

However, a spokesman for Denbighshire Council said that while snow has fallen heavily in some areas of the county Ruthin and the Vale were "pretty clear".




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12 Mar 04  |  Wales


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