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Sheep found alive under huge snow drift

The sheep had been buried under the snow for 11 days Credit: Stuart Mactier

A farmer from Galloway was shocked to find that one of his sheep was still alive after being buried under snow for 11 days.

Stuart Mactier from Mochrum, near Newton Stewart, managed to dig the ewe out from a deep snow drift.

The sheep, slowly emerging from the snow Credit: Stuart Mactier
Only the face of the ewe was visible Credit: Stuart Mactier

A couple of days later and the sheep is up and walking about, and enjoying eating again- after being starved for so long.

The sheep is now well enjoying some heat Credit: Stuart Mactier

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Outbreak of sheep disease in Cumbria

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Outbreak of Liver Fluke in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Farmers and vets are worried about an outbreak of Liver Fluke in Cumbria. It's caused by a flatworm which thrives in wet weather and can kill sheep. It's become an increasing problem because of all the rain over the past year.

The National Animal Disease Information service says:

"Liver fluke is a parasitic flatworm that infects the livers of various mammals. The disease caused by the fluke causes great economic losses in sheep and cattle. It has been a parasite of sheep and cattle for hundreds of years."

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Sheep shearing delayed

Sheep are now being sheared Credit: ITV Border

Farmers in the Scottish Borders are finally shearing sheep after wet weather forced delays.

The practice of shaving off the wool in one go has had to wait, as their coats were covered in wet mud.

Farmers feared getting less money for the wool because taking it off damp would cause it to go mouldy and lower the quality.

They also fear the poor weather will make winter silage prices soar as there are lower stocks because the sheep have had to be brought inside.

Sheep waiting to be clipped Credit: ITV Border

Sheep virus testing

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First Minister Alex Salmond MSP Credit: PA

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says systems are in place to test for the Schmallenberg virus in sheep stocks north of the border.

At First Minister's Questions he told Galloway and Upper Nithsdale MSP Alex Fergusson adequate surveillance was in place.

He said: "Testing is provided free of charge by the Moredun Institute and that approach is working well.

"At this early stage of the lambing season three suspect cases have been reported but tests have all proved to be negative."

Sheep virus concerns

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The Schmallenberg virus poses a threat to sheep Credit: PA

Scotland 'remains vigilant' to a threat posed by the Schmallenberg virus according to First Minister Alex Salmond.

The disease, which causes birth defects in sheep and cattle, has already killed animals in England.

Concerns about Scottish surveillance were raised at First Minister's Questions today.

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