THE widespread drought is breaking the hearts and backs of the region's farmers, but a Newbridge couple have stepped up to help a small group of hungry poddy lambs.
When Noni and Shelly Cole heard about the finewool merino lambs that had been abandoned by their mothers, they were keen to lend a hand.
"The ewes are hungry and are just walking away from the lambs," Ms Cole said of the drought-stricken property a little further west of them. "We took in 10 lambs. They're a couple of days old to three weeks old."
Ms Cole is the first to say that what the couple are doing is just "a small drop in the ocean", but feels that it is a practical way to help this farmer in need.
"We don't have the money to support farmers, but what I can do is take in these lambs and raise them," she said.
"I'm feeding the bigger ones three times a day and the little ones four times or more a day."
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With 10 hungry lambs to feed, Ms Cole said her supply of powdered milk was running out fast.
"I can't afford to supply all the milk, so if we could get donations it'll help," she said.
Donations of powdered milk can be left at Bathurst Central Animal Hospital at 90 Rankin Street, next door to the IGA.
When weaned, the lambs will be returned to the third-generation farmer.