10 Mar 2015

Drought stops sheep dog trials

2:15 pm on 10 March 2015

More sheep dog trials have been stopped due to the dry conditions across the South Island.

Sheep in the Wairarapa east of Masterton.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Several dog trials scheduled for Otago, Canterbury and Marlborough were cancelled last month as drought conditions put pressure on farms hosting the events, and the sheep.

Since then, two more trial events in Northern Hawke's Bay have been cancelled, one scheduled for Tikokino next month and another at Wairoa, because of concerns there about the water supply and sheep suffering from staggers.