The big freeze has left farmers working around the clock to keep their animals fed and watered.
Farmer Danny Myers, who works his Burnley farm with the help of his wife and children said he had seen his workload more than treble and the cost of running the place spiral.
The family at Brownside Farm, off Brownside Road, Worsthorne, are well known locally for selling cheap free range eggs, but business has dried up with people unwilling to make the trip out to the farm, while the cost of feeding animals has spiked.
Mr Myers keeps chickens, pigs and horses on the property and is planning to addAberdeen Angus cows to the venture next year.
The snowfall has caused a range of unforeseen problems to him, the biggest of which is the constant battle to get water to the animals. As the outdoor taps are frozen he has had to fetch water from the river and haul the heavy buckets back up the steep frozen bank. To reach the horses, kept in a fenced off arena across the river Mr Myers negotiates a metal ladder bridge, made more difficult to cross by a fresh coating of ice. When the animals’ water bowls are filled, it is a short time before they freeze over again, making a nonstop cycle for the farmer.
Mr Myers said: ‘In a way the problems I am having here on the farm are just like everyone else’s. Life has to go on and does but things go a lot slower.’
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we are hoping that the freezing weather will soon come to an end. However whilst we are still experiencing these harsh freezing temperatures and forecasts for yet more snow we encourage you to be safe and prepared and get your Gritting Salt from us now!