Farmers affected by the heavy snow and freezing weather have been issued with some security fencing advice as Natural England updates its guidance on feeding and housing livestock.

According to Farmers Weekly, Natural England has advised farmers whose security fencing has been damaged by flood water, or that has been cut so that livestock can access water, that it should be repaired when water recedes or an alternative drinking source is made available.

Also, restrictions on feeding and stocking rates had been relaxed to help farmers work through the icy conditions. When snow is cleared, supplementary feeding can continue for up to four days.

Last month, people living in rural areas in Scotland were told that security fencing could help them protect their properties in the wake of a spate of fuel thefts.

"Good quality robust fencing... can discourage criminal activity and the use of thorny shrubbery such as berberis or hawthorn can also reduce accessibility effectively for any unwelcome visitors," Claire Taylor, Tayside Police's crime prevention officer, said.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800392568-ADNFCR