85% of farmers are concerned about the availability of additional fodder, a poll conducted by That’s Farming has found.
54% of poll respondents revealed that they are utilising winter fodder reserves due to the current conditions including the heatwave; drought and a lack of grass growth, which has practically ceased in most counties.
2018 fodder yields
In That’s Farming’s poll, 65% of farmers noted that they are unsatisfied with this year’s yields of silage and/or hay. In response, many have begun the search for additional fodder, although the asking price has forced several farmers to return to the drawing board in a bid to consider alternative options.
The findings of a fodder census led by Teagasc and an interagency group to establish the levels of silage in pits which was meant for feeding next winter are expected within days. Early indications would suggest that most farms had good yields of first-cut silage, a statement released by Teagasc read.
As concerns mount, Teagasc has established a helpline for farmers who want to speak to an advisor regarding options for feeding stock given the continuing decline in grass growth rates throughout the country.
Farmers can contact this helpline at 087- 797-1377 from 9am to 9pm each day; there are also a series of clinics and events taking place around the country where advice will be available for farmers.