Northern Ireland

Ten days on from the spring blizzard some areas are still struggling

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Media captionBrian Wharry says he may have to rethink his farming structure.

Ten days on from the spring blizzard some farmers in rural areas are still struggling to cope with the snow.

Brian Wharry, who lives near Feystown in the Glens of Antrim, lost sheep and lambs in the snow.

He said the biggest problem farmers are facing now is trying to keep the sheep fed.

"The fields are completely covered in snow, there is no green in the fields. We are having to give the sheep as much meal as we can just to try and keep them living."

Image caption Farmers are now struggling to keep their animals fed as they cannot get at the grass.

Mr Wharry was one of a number of farmers across Northern Ireland whose animals were buried in the snow.

"I don't know how many of my lambs and sheep have died in the snow. I won't know until the thaw comes to see how many of them are dead."

He said that if weather like this was to continue he would have to change how he farmed.

"I would have to think about putting up sheds or changing the animals that I farm because I couldn't go through this again."

Mr Wharry also said that farmers who had living lambs were now facing additional problems.

"A neighbour of mine had two new lambs born on Sunday and we thought he was lucky to have missed the snow.

"He went about his business and when he came back to check on them later that evening they had been killed by ravens.

Image caption Patrick Morgan found one of his sheep alive after bring buried in the snow for nine days.

"They can't get at their food because of the snow so they are going for live lambs."

There have been some uplifting moments for farmers who have found livestock in the snow against the odds.

Patrick Morgan from Dromara in County Down found a sheep that survived being buried in the snow for nine days.

"I just walked up along the field and was checking along the ditch. I stood and I called to the sheep and I heard some bleating

"I got a shovel and started digging, three or four feet down and was able to get him out.

"He wasn't in bad shape after having been buried for nine days."

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