Sheep farmers are facing another threat to their livestock.
Cold weather and rising prices of feed and fuel have already made it a difficult year.
Now the climate is causing more problems by providing the perfect conditions for a dangerous parasite.
Jenny Longden reports.
Farmers across the region are being urged to protect their sheep from a parasite that can kill livestock.
Blowfly strike affects eighty percent of farms in the UK every year.
It can be easily prevented with a formula that stops the flies eggs from nesting on the sheep.
Sheep farmers in the region are being encouraged to prevent a parasite growth in lambs called blowfly strike
Blowflies lay eggs on sheep, which hatch into maggots and can prove fatal for livestock.
In the UK, 80 per cent of sheep farms experience blowfly strike and for farmers the economic cost can be huge.
A number of products that stop infestation from taking place can be sprayed onto sheared wool.
The parasite spreads in warmer conditions, so researchers are encouraging farmers to take action now.
Farmers are still digging sheep out of snow drifts nearly two weeks after they were buried.
Farmers across the region are still not sure how many of their animals have died but it is likely to be many thousands and the NFU in Cumbria is now asking for the Government to help.
However there are some tales of surviving sheep, including one which has made a full recovery after being buried for 11 days near Newton Stewart.
Matthew Taylor reports:
This footage from farmer Stuart Mactier highlights the extraordinary sheep who were found alive after being buried deep under snow at a farm near Newton Stewart:
This footage shows the dramatic moment Galloway farmer Stuart Mactier discovered sheep still alive after 11 days buried under a huge snow drift:
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.
A couple of days later and the sheep is up and walking about, and enjoying eating again- after being starved for so long.
A number of sheep had to be rescued from the River Annan after two dogs were seen worrying animals.
Police want to trace the owner of a black collie and a boxer dog which appeared to chase the sheep into the river at Distillery Farm in Annan.
There's been a huge rise in a potentially deadly disease among sheep. Liver fluke is caused by a parasite and is thought to be responsible for thousands of sheep deaths in Cumbria and southern Scotland. Hannah McNulty has this exclusive report.
Farmers and vets are worried about an outbreak of 'Liver Fluke' in Cumbria.
The fluke is a flatworm which thrives in wet weather and can kill sheep.
Charlie Foster from Border Vets explains more about the disease: