so nope - the farmers cannot afford to feed them with 20% price increases on feed due to the rotten summer - and watch out - horse feeds are similarly going up in price (and even if a bumper harvest next year they won't come back down again you can be certain of that !!) so livery prices will be bound to go up - what with hay being a mix of good/crap and short by next spring
Normally the carcases are exported, but no exports allowed because of F & M.
"Given away free to poor families" - I bet the supermarkets wouldn't like that!
In normal times all these lambs would have been off the hills by now, but again because of F & M the markets were stopped, so all these extra sheep are eating up all the winter grazing/fodder.
This is a once a year income for the hill farmers, so they will have run out of money by now (not having any since last autumn).
Also they would have only made or bought winter fodder for the amount of animals that are normally kept. Like you having 2 horses, and then suddenly having 6 to feed through the winter and no way of buying more feed or selling them.
I can't understand why DEFRA haven't realised all t his and got something organised sooner.