Heavy rainfall and strong south-easterly gales blasted Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay unrelentingly in the first week of September.
A senior analyst at AgriHQ, Mel Croad, said the conditions had made for a tough environment for new born lambs. Some farmers had reported their losses may account for 20 percent of their lamb crop, a devastating blow to farm incomes and farmer morale, she said.
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