Fodder supplies to be reviewed as scarcity continues

The Minister for Agriculture has announced an immediate review of fodder supplies and identification of possible measures to increase fodder availability.

Poor weather conditions mean livestock are continuing to be housed indoors, putting many farmers under pressure to feed them - writes rte.ie

Aregister is also being established by Teagasc for farmers who may have additional fodder, with the agency sayingthey want to mobilise any fodder reserves to help farmers in need.

A combination of poor underfoot conditions and a lack of grass growth means farmers are running out of silage and other feedstuffs for their stock.

Minister Michael Creed has said officials from his Department met with Teagasc and the main co-ops last week, and will meet again tomorrow following a difficult weekend.

"Significant rainfall over the weekend in many areas of the country has created additional challenges for Irish farmers dealing with what has already been a difficult spring," he said.

Mr Creed added that the delayed turnout of stock has seen the issue turn from a regional one to an issue affecting much of the country.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Siobhan Kavanagh of Teagasc said farmers should do their fodder calculations, budget for the next three to four weeks and if they have any leftover supplies join the register.

She said this was the neighbourly thing to do.

The regional advisory manager with the agricultural education agency said they are also setting up a series of clinics where farmers can call in and get advice from experts.

It will be open to both clients and non-clients of Teagasc and will helpwith budgeting and dealing with substitute feeds. A phoneline will also be in operation for both clients and non-clients.

Ms Kavanagh said her main advice to farmers in need is to act now.

"Do not ignore the situation, it will not go away," she said.

She also said that if farmers are feeling under pressure, anxious and depressed by their situation, they should open up and share their concerns with someone.

It is a challenging situation but there are many people going through the same thing, she added.

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