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Snow warnings for our region

Snow warnings have been issued for our region.

The Met Office says a band of rain, sleet and snow is expected across Scotland and the north of England tomorrow morning.

Most people however, should not be affected, as the majority of the snow is expected to fall about 200m above sea level.


Deadline day for snow-hit farmers aid

Farmers who were hit by the severe snow storms during spring only have until the end of the day to apply for government aid.

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume is urging farmers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders to apply for their share of the £6 million aid package.

Thousands of sheep were left buried under massive snow drifts during the snow storms.

"Farmers across the Borders and the south west were hit hard by the very severe weather at a time when their livestock were especially vulnerable.

"This aid package will be a lifeline for many businesses and it's critical that those most in need apply before the Friday deadline."

– Jim Hume MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats, South of Scotland


Full report: Farmers count cost of lost stock due to winter weather

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:

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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