The “Beast from the East” is wreaking havoc on livestock farms across Britain.
Farmers have been battling the elements as strong winds and snow battered the country, causing huge snow drifts.
In south Wales, up to 51cm of snow has been recorded as Storm Emma hammered Britain, while 40cm has fallen in areas of Scotland and northern England.
Here are a few of the tweets that capture what’s happening on farms. And here at FW, we never cease to be amazed at the dedication of a livestock farmer.
Many livestock owners have had to herd sheep and cattle to the safety of sheds.
— Jacob Anthony (@Jacob_cwmrisca) March 1, 2018
Meanwhile, dairy farmers have spent painstaking hours covering and heating parlours and cluster units in an attempt to stop them freezing.
— Sam Vincent (@Vince_Rookery) March 2, 2018
Farmers from Scotland and the north of England and Wales seem worst affected, with farmers posting pictures of themselves digging through huge snow drifts to get to stock and put out feed.
— The Whole Hoggs (@TheWholeHoggs) March 2, 2018
— Simon J Bainbridge (@BainbridgeFarms) March 2, 2018
So the road and main access route through the farm is about 5-6m under the drifts, busy day digging alternative routes/gateways out to get food to animals and can’t even find silage feeders in some fields. At least there’s no need to shift electric fencing #BeastFromTheEast pic.twitter.com/n6MWMKghgM
— James Drummond (@JamesADrummond) March 1, 2018
Farmers are deploying all tactics to keep stock as protected as possible from the horrible conditions outside.
— Heronbrook Farm (@HeronbrookFarm) March 2, 2018
However, some farmers haven’t been able to shelter animals, even indoors.
Ok Emma if you wouldn’t mind changing direction please it would be appreciated!!! pic.twitter.com/G4jvZj5JBi
— Jack Keenan (@keenan17) March 2, 2018
It’s a stressful time for many.
I’ve been so worried about the 50 ewes with lambs that are outside (no space to bring them in) and have been checking them night and day, but the ewes have kept them tucked under the hedge and they are doing ok. #Lambing18 #beastfromtheeast #farm24/7 pic.twitter.com/pmTcohaP3u
— Jemma Harding (@meandeweblog) March 2, 2018
The abysmal conditions have made even simple day-to-day tasks impossible, with farmers being forced to cart fresh water to stock due to frozen pipes.
So far yest & today Hubby has spent 9 hours & used 3 gas bottles to defrost water pipes for livestock. That’s after he’s been & spent 4 hrs each morn delivering @Dalesdairies #Milk to doorsteps in local village #BeastFromTheEast won’t stop him! #BackBritishFarming
— Becki Leach (@leach_becki) March 1, 2018
In some parts, treacherous road conditions have meant milk tankers have been unable to pick up milk.
Some have been able to clear roads enough to get the tanker in…
— Tom Neill (@Fergie6480) March 2, 2018
Others have not been so lucky and have faced the gut-wrenching task of disposing of tank-fulls of the white stuff.
No milk tanker today! Having spent a day thawing, milking, feeding, pulling out vehicles and bedding livestock the last job before evening milking is pouring all the day’s milk into a bucket so it can be tipped into the slurry and disposed of. Who would be a farmer! pic.twitter.com/bRg81MRlRR
— NFU Scotland (@NFUStweets) March 1, 2018
But some of them are even still smiling!
— Rachel Marston (@staylambinglive) March 1, 2018
As Elle says, shoutout to all the farmers battling the elements…
— elle patterson (@elle_patt) February 28, 2018