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Thriving... The warm weather during spring has had a positive outcome for lamb survival rates in the district. PHOTO: AMANDA CARRINGTON

Sheep farmers are pleased that lambs are flourishing this season due to good weather.

Willowbank farmer Andrew Morrison said the weather had been favourable and the lamb survival rate had been good.

“Farmers will really be enjoying the spring so far,” Mr Morrison said.

The past two seasons had been challenging, he said.

The ground had been wet and the pasture growth had been slow.

This year, grass was growing and the ground was warm, he said.

Triplets and twin lambs were not uncommon.

Mr Morrison said the season began with bitter cold.

He said he felt for other farmers lambing through those 36 hours.

Mr Morrison said farmers would still be dealing with cases of Salmonella Brandenburg and campylobacter during the lambing season.

“It’s very frustrating when that happens.”

Newton Slink Skins manager Trevor Newton said the lamb survival rate had been excellent.

Although business had been slow for Mr Newton, he was happy farmers were having a good season.

“If we get bad weather we’re busy and in weather like this we’re not so busy,” Mr Newton said.

“I’m quite pleased it’s been a great season for farmers. A lot of farmers need more lambs on the ground given the predicted prices coming up for the export season,” he said.

The survival rate was good for the economy.

Knapdale farmer Pete Gardyne said this season and last year’s lambing had been extremely good.

“We’ve been fortunate to have two back-to-back seasons that have been really good.”

He hoped for a bit of rain so the grass would keep growing.