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Keeping a weather eye out for new arrivals

The region's farmers will have one eye on the weather for the next couple of weeks as the start of the main lambing season rapidly approaches.

The main ewe drop is set to start from around August 20.

“Farmers these days typically lamb over two to three months to lessen the impact of storms on their new arrivals,” said AgFirst consultant Peter Andrew.

“The planned lambing across the district can be from late June to mid-October, so almost 100 days.

“It has been a reasonably good season so far for the early lambing farmers, mostly on the flat country around the district.”

Mr Andrew said the weather had been reasonable, with the only real storm the rain on July 18 that particularly affected the Tolaga Bay area.

“The grass is trying to grow through which is really positive on many farms,” he said.

“Crossed fingers the weather remains kind as we head towards the main lambing season.”

NOT LONG NOW: The start of the main lambing season is about 10 days away and farmers have their fingers crossed for decent weather to give new arrivals like these every chance to survive and thrive. Picture supplied