Livestock stranded on farm in New Zealand

November 30, -0001
  • Torrential rain in New Zealand left sheep and cattle fighting for their lives
  • Photos have emerged livestock stranded on a small patch of grass at a farm 
  • Torrential rain battered Auckland overnight and is expected to continue

By

Peter Devlin For Daily Mail Australia


Published:
00:55 EST, 8 March 2017

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Updated:
01:05 EST, 8 March 2017

Torrential rain in New Zealand has left sheep and cattle fighting for their lives.

Photos have emerged of livestock stranded on a small patch of grass at a farm in Hanua, south of Auckland, which was hit by flooding on Tuesday.

The animals were herded across flood waters to higher ground on Wednesday morning.

Photos have emerged livestock stranded on a small patch of grass at a farm in Hanua, south of Auckland, which was hit by flooding on Tuesday
Photos have emerged livestock stranded on a small patch of grass at a farm in Hanua, south of Auckland, which was hit by flooding on Tuesday

Photos have emerged livestock stranded on a small patch of grass at a farm in Hanua, south of Auckland, which was hit by flooding on Tuesday

A farmer woke on Tuesday to find 20 hectares of his property submerged
A farmer woke on Tuesday to find 20 hectares of his property submerged

A farmer woke on Tuesday to find 20 hectares of his property submerged

‘We rounded them all up on higher ground. We only lost one sheep so we fared pretty well,’ owner of Wairoa River Farm Geoff Pearson told Daily Mail Australia.

‘They had to swim…. Sheep don’t like water so it was the mission from hell,’ he said.

Images show droves of sheep and a small number of cattle desperately clinging to life huddled together on a small patch of grass, surrounded by rising waters.

Mr Pearson lost about $40,000 worth of fencing as his property flooded to the highest point in 40 years.

His family woke on Tuesday to find 20 hectares of their property submerged.

Torrential rain battered Auckland overnight and is expected to continue into Thursday.

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Mr Pearson said he hoped his cattle would be safe overnight on higher ground. 

The animals were herded across flood waters to higher ground on Wednesday morning
The animals were herded across flood waters to higher ground on Wednesday morning

The animals were herded across flood waters to higher ground on Wednesday morning

 

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