Farmers in Jökuldalur, East Iceland, found sheep that were killed in the snowstorm that raged in the region for several days earlier this week but finally calmed yesterday. Not all farmers had rounded up their sheep from the summer pastures in the mountains yet.
A member of ICE-SAR assisting with the search and rescue of sheep after a blizzard in Northeast Iceland in autumn, 2012. Photo courtesy of ICE-SAR.
Yesterday, farmers set off to the mountains to check on their sheep and take them home, visir.is reports.
“The ones I brought back with me were obviously alive but we will have to see about the rest. We found some dead sheep and I was given earmarks from sheep in my herd that my neighbor had found dead,” said Þorsteinn Snædal, farmer at Skjöldólfsstaðir in Jökuldalur.
Anna Bryndís Tryggvadóttir, farmer at Brekka in Fljótsdalur, said they will try to transport the sheep in wagons because it’s very difficult to chase them down from the mountains when they have ice in their fleece. Roundup may prove difficult, she added.