Media playback is unsupported on your device

BBC weather presenter hears how cold snap is affecting farmers

28 March 2013 Last updated at 18:28 GMT

The Ministry of Defence has sent a second RAF Chinook helicopter to help farmers struggling with a blanket of deep snow which has claimed thousands of livestock.

Communities across parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England say cattle and sheep have frozen to death or were buried in deep drifts.

Some say it is the worst weather during lambing season in living memory.

BBC weather presenter John Hammond has been to Hurdlow farm near Leek in Staffordshire.

Most watched

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.