Heavy snow is causing the "heartbreaking" deaths of lambs trapped in blizzard conditions, a farmer warned today.
Gareth Wyn Jones, who has 3,500 sheep at his farm in Llanfairfechan, Conwy, North Wales, said he and his sheepdog have rescued 70 ewes over the last three days.
"With the massive snowfall and winds, it's just been horrendous."
The sheep are trapped under the drifts, some of which are 15ft in some places. We've dug 70 out in the last three days."Some lambs have been born frozen to the ground. It's heartbreaking."
Sheep can survive for weeks in the snow if necessary, especially in groups, as the immediate snow around them would melt and they would resort to eating each other's wool.
However, once they are rescued they tend not to survive for long after.
Mr Wyn Jones was full of praise for his seven-year-old sheepdog Eryri Cap, who he said was responsible for every rescue they had performed.
"Without him we would never have found any of the sheep we rescued."