9 Oct 2012

High country runs fear snow will hit lambing

5:56 am on 9 October 2012

High country farmers in the South Island who have started lambing say they hope that the latest cold weather snap will move on quickly.

A cold south-easterly front brought snow down to 500 - 700 metres in Canterbury on Monday, and 600 - 800 metres in Otago and Southland.

Heavy rain was also forecast in some areas.

The rain and snow conditions are meant to start easing from Tuesday.

Alistair Ensor, who's at Glenariffe station in the Upper Rakaia area, said that there had been an initial fall of about 2cm of snow there and the property's flock was 10 days into lambing.

"It's cold and miserable and we hope this won't last for too long," he says.

"Hopefully it won't be be quite as bad as they are predicting".

"There will definitely be an impact on lambing," says Mr Ensor.

Snow also fell last week in parts of northern Southland and inland Otago, as well as in the central North Island, but there have been no indications of any major disruption to lambing.