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Winter Weather

Heavy snow and strong winds cause problems throughout Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

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Farmers' concerns for livestock welfare

Hundreds of farmers are struggling to care for their livestock in what is normally their busiest time of the year.

Many dairy farmers are having to pour away all of their milk, as tankers have been unable to access the farms.

Animal feed is also in short supply, as delivery drivers have been cut off from the farms.

However, the main concern is hundreds of pregnant sheep buried under the snow drifts.

"Many farmers will be worried about their livestock at this important time of the year for lambing, particularly the sheep and new born lambs that could be stranded due to the severe weather.

"I know the supply of feed and milk collections have been a particular concern and that is why I am pleased that a temporary relaxation on the enforcement of EU drivers' working hours has been agreed to ensure new deliveries can be made."

– Richard Lochead, Rural Affairs Secretary

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