'Lambulance' busy after spring snow in the South Island

A novel way to transport sick and orphaned lambs has been kept busy in the polar blast which has been sweeping the country.

The 'Lambulance' was the brainchild of Bradley Stewart, who farms at Wreys Bush, near Winton.

He came up with the idea as a solution to the large number of lambs needing help.

The Lambulance is used to help in the care for lost and ill lambs, as well as lambs whose mothers don't have sufficient milk as they maybe triplets or quads.

The cold snap has meant a chilly start for many lambs, and the 'Lambulance' has been out rescuing them.

The 400 hectare farm runs TEFrom ewes, a breed known for their multiple births.

"The farm has a high number of triplets and quads, so it's a really safe way of transporting them around the farm," Mr Stewart said.

While the Lambulance is a fun concept, it achieves the serious task of keeping stress levels down for the lambs and ewes.

"We raise up to 300 orphans a year, hence giving them a better start to life and trying to farm with animal welfare in mind," he said.

Many of the ewes will raise the multiple lambs, but Mr Stewart thinks hand-raising the lambs is a more ethical system.