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Manx farmers could spend 'years' recovering from snow

15 October 2013 Last updated at 13:12 BST

Isle of Man sheep farmers say it could take them years to recover from the heavy snowfall in March.

More than 16,000 cattle and sheep died as a result of the island's worst snowfall for 50 years. There were snow drifts 20ft (6m) high.

Danny Creer, who lost 40% of his flock, said: "I had 1,000 sheep before the snow, it was a really stressful time. It will take three or four years to get back to normal."

Farmer John Kennaugh added: "In all my years I've never seen snow so bad, and I grew up on a farm."

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