The majority of all news-related talk this week has been in regard to the current ongoing fodder crisis crippling farmers across the country.
Some have dubbed it the worst in Ireland’s history and say it far exceeds the fodder crisis of the 1980’s. Many farmers have reported having to sell stock recently, as they are not able to afford feed anymore. This led to calls for the government to assist in the importation of fodder, as was done in 2013. There were also calls made, yesterday from Fianna Fáil’s Agriculture spokesperson Charlie Mc Conalogue, for the introduction of a fodder voucher scheme.
There has been good news, however, as the first of the aforementioned imported fodder has finally arrived, with thanks to Dairygold Co-op. This morning saw the company oversee the arrival of 2,500 tonnes of hay and haylage, which will be distributed to their members. They say this is the ‘first’ of their load to have landed, meaning more may grace our shores very soon.