A fire broke out in a field in Co. Galway on Sunday, June 24th, destroying a whole crop of grass cut for hay.
The story was revealed exclusively to That’sFarming by young Suckler and Sheep farmer, Ethan Barry. The farm is run by Ethan and his grandfather James and the fire occurred on the farm near Woodlawn in Co. Galway, early on Sunday morning.
“We were going to ted hay on Sunday morning when we looked behind us and saw the hay was up in flames”, Ethan explained.
The young farmer said the cause of the fire is yet unknown, but it is probably down to the recent heatwave.
“We don’t know what caused it,”, he continued.
Picture below of some of the damage caused.
The farming family ended up losing an estimated 70 square bales worth of crops, a mammoth loss following last year’s fodder troubles. Ethan noted that if it were not for the help of their neighbours, it could have been much worse.
“The neighbours were very helpful”, Ethan said.
“They came with a load of slurry to put it (the fire) out”, he added.
The fire brigade were also called to the scene, as the field in which the fire broke out was located beside the family home.
“The fire brigade came to finish it and make sure it was quenched…it was right beside the house,”, Ethan concluded.
As mentioned, it is not yet known what caused the fire to ignite, though it could be something as simple as a shard of glass lying amongst the grass. Vigilance is key to prevent incidences like these and always heed the warnings. Read the FCI tips and advice released yesterday for those making hay, you can get that here.