The last 12 months have been incredibly dry. We had very little Autumn rain and it didn’t arrive till it was too late. Then this spring was also short and dry. As a result the grass has not grown much and there isn’t much feed around for the sheep.
Of course the hardest part about earning your living from the land is the unpredictable nature of the weather. After almost 12 months of not much rain, drought is in the back of everyone’s mind. Is it or isn’t it?? Farmers around here are trying to make decisions about whether it is viable to feed sheep, or sell them now for a relatively low price.
Selling means you don’t need to feed the sheep, but it will also cut down your future earnings because you can’t sell the wool off sheep you don’t have. On the other hand feeding sheep is expensive, time consuming, and extremely demoralizing.
Farmers still haven’t recovered from the last drought. The long term forecast is for some wetter seasons ahead, but it is hard to know.
It might not be mentioned, but the ‘D word’ is starting to move into the back of our minds.