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‘Business end of winter right now’

The main lambing season is about to start across the region and hopefully the mums and their new arrivals have the same good run the early mated ewes had, said AgFirst Consultant Peter Andrew.

All the “earlies” will have lambed by now.

“It has been a pretty good run for them,” Mr Andrew said.

“Now we are about to start the main lambing across the district.

“The cold snap this week was quite short-lived and should not have caused too many problems.

“The snow seems to have been quite patchy.

“However, some individual farms could have potentially suffered a few lamb losses.”

Mr Andrew said the feed for their stock will be something that's on farmers' minds.

“We are getting into the business end of winter right now.

“Any feed reserves have been used up and farmers are looking for the spring growth to start.

“Soil temperatures have been above normal so far this winter, however those temperatures are dropping now and feed will be a challenge on some farms until the warmer spring weather arrives.”

SPRING LAMB ANYONE?: The lambing season gets into full swing from about now and farmers will be hoping the new arrivals get the same opportunity to start life that their early arriving cousins have had since the season started. Wairoa Star picture