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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

Enclosure damage puts animals at risk

Great grey owl Credit: ITV News Border

Birds and animals at the Galloway wildlife park are at risk, after many of their enclosures collapsed under the weight of the snow.

The great grey owl enclosure was damaged, which means the bird now has to be moved, causing stress.

Collared Peccary

The collared peccary are native to central and South America, and are struggling to adapt to the harsh conditions.

A tapir Credit: ITV News Border

This tapir, which is native to South America, has been confined to it's enclosure because of snow and ice.


Galloway Wildlife Park make emergency appeal

Some of the enclosures have collapsed under the weight of the snow Credit: Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

A wildlife park in Galloway is making an emergency appeal for help after many of their enclosures collapsed under the weight of snow.

The Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park, near Kirkcudbright, has had to close as all footpaths are either covered in snow or ice.

The park owners are appealing for volunteers who can help them clear up the mess and repair the damage to enclosures.

All animals including a lynx, meerkats, red pandas, wallabies and various birds are thought to be safe and well.

Homes expected to be reconnected

Homes across Dumfries and Galloway that have been without power since Friday, due to the snow storms, are expected to be reconnected today.

Engineers have been working around the clock to reach remote parts of the region to reconnect power lines that have been damaged by the snow.

At the peak of the problems, around 10,000 homes were left in darkness.

The main concern now is for farmers who have lost livestock, with many of them being buried under the snow.

Hundreds of pregnant sheep are still to be found.

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Scottish Power to 'provide hotel accommodation'

Scottish Power has announced that it is providing hotel accommodation to any customers that are expected to remain without power this evening.

Around 300 households in Dumfries and Galloway are still without power but Scottish Power said it should be able to restore electricity there "in the near future".

The company said it has more than 300 engineers in the Wigtownshire and Barrhill areas of western Scotland, and that they are encountering "some of the most difficult conditions they have ever faced".

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