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Unseasonably warm winter has been a pleasant surprise for Icelandic farmers

By Staff

  • Enjoying the warm weather Sheep farmers have saved around one million krónur (6.469 euros/ 8.067 US dollars) in fodder expenses by allowing the sheep to graze outside well into the winter months. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

The unseasonably warm weather Iceland has seen in November has been a pleasant surprise for farmers all over the country. According to the National Broadcasting Service sheep farmers have saved around one million krónur (6.469 euros/ 8.067 US dollars) in fodder expenses by allowing the sheep to graze outside well into the winter months.  

Þórarinn Pétursson, farmer on Grund in Grýtubakkahreppur and chairman of the Sheep Farmer’s Association, says the warm weather has enabled farmers to carry on working in the fields.  
“Farmers have been able to continue to do jobs that are usually only done during summer, which is just great.”

Temperatures across the country during November were 4 degrees Celsius (39 Fahrenheit) warmer than average. Some believe the warmer weather can be linked to the ongoing Holuhraun eruption in the central highlands.

The average temperature in Reykjavík in November so far, is 5.7 C (42.3 F).

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