Fodder shortages in the North have forced farmers to travel to the south of Ireland and indeed across the waters in a bid to secure adequate supplies for the winter period.
Raymond Milligan, a suckler farmer with a herd of one-hundred head in Kesh, Co. Fermanagh is one of many farmers, left reeling, following unfavourable weather conditions that hindered the second harvest earlier this summer.
Raymond spoke of the hardship that farmers in this region are experiencing because of fodder shortages.
“We have had to source straw from as far as Spain. I gave £100 for Spanish straw bales. That was for a 8x4x4 bale delivered. I know a man that is selling 8x4x4 bales that he sourced in Spain for £120. Round bales have been sold at £30 a bale.” Raymond told Catherina of That’s Farming.
"Round bales of hay is making £35 to £40. of straw is making £30 to £34 sterling. We don't get the stock out until May. It is going to be a long winter." Raymond added.
Recently, Mr. Milligan had a full load of big square straw bales 8x4x4 delivered from Co. Kilkenny, priced at £90 per bale, delivered.
“There is a shortage here because the second cut could not be gathered up. This is the first I have experienced such demand in September all because of the fodder shortages.” Raymond concluded.