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Counting winter costs; Comment The policy of honesty. The might of right. The expediency of principle.

FREEZING temperatures and high winds have made it a difficult winter for many. But spare a thought for the area's farmers who are counting the cost of the harsh weather and hoping that spring comes soon.

Early snow and plummeting temperatures have caused those who work the Pennine hills a whole barrage of problems.

Animals have had to be sheltered indoors earlier than usual and for the sheep which remained outdoors, extra feed has had to be provided. Fodder prices have inevitably risen.

The weather has also caused havoc in other ways. The traditional drystone walls which mark out boundaries, enclose livestock and give the area its unique character, have collapsed under the pressure of continuing low temperatures.

But as ever, hard-working farmers in the area have buckled down and done what they have long had to do and that is deal with whatever the weather and the economy has to throw at them.

Let's hope that the early signs of spring suggested by some blossom swiftly and bring much needed relief to farmers and livestock.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2011
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