As lambing looms large concerns are mounting about where the stock will end up.
Many producers have shipped stock off their farms for the winter in the hope that by now there would be enough feed to bring them back, however in many cases that hasn't happened.
While those who "hosted" the flocks were able to handle the extra mouths over the past few months, they will be facing their own pressures on pasture as the spring kicks in. especially as it is predicted that the droughts will continue.
Prices have dropped at the sale yards and so farmers are faced with hard decisions; take next to nothing for the sheep if in fact they can be sold, or buy in very expensive supplementary feed in the hope that rain may come and pasture growth start.
Whatever happens it is very likely that returns will be very low and expenses will be high.