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Moment of heartbreak for farmer Mr Richard Vaughan as he pulls a dead lamb from a deep

Moment of heartbreak for farmer Mr Richard Vaughan as he pulls a dead lamb from a deep


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Moment of heartbreak for farmer Mr Richard Vaughan as he pulls a dead lamb from a deep

Moment of heartbreak for farmer Mr Richard Vaughan as he pulls a dead lamb from a deep snow-drift at Gora Farm, near Llanidloes. Until the thaw Mr Vaughan will not know how many of his 1, 600 sheep have perished in the blizzard. 27th April 1981

Staff
Western Mail Archive
Mirrorpix
Wales

Media ID 21786010

© Mirrorpix

Cold Farm Farmer Lamb Livestock Snowing Spring 1981


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In this poignant print captured by Staff at Memory Lane Prints, we witness a heart-wrenching moment for farmer Mr Richard Vaughan. The image portrays the devastating aftermath of a blizzard that struck Gora Farm near Llanidloes in Wales on the 27th of April, 1981. As snowflakes continue to fall softly from the sky, Mr Vaughan stands amidst a deep snow-drift. His weathered face reflects both determination and sorrow as he gently pulls out a lifeless lamb from its icy tomb. This single act symbolizes the immense loss suffered by farmers during such harsh winters. With over 1,600 sheep under his care, Mr Vaughan's anguish is intensified by uncertainty. Until the thaw arrives, he remains unaware of how many more innocent lives have been claimed by nature's fury. The photograph encapsulates not only the coldness of that fateful day but also serves as a reminder of the cyclical nature of farming and its inherent connection to seasons. It captures an isolated moment where spring should be blossoming with new life but instead reveals tragedy and despair. Decades may have passed since this snapshot was taken in the early 1980s, yet it continues to evoke empathy and admiration for those who dedicate their lives to nurturing livestock despite unpredictable weather conditions. Through this image, we are reminded of both the resilience and vulnerability found within our agricultural communities.

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