Recent stormy weather, caused by Hurricane Ophelia and now Storm Brian, has left many homes, businesses, and farms out of electricity.
Dairy farms across the country have been the worse affected, with the real urgency for farmers to get their cows milked twice a day. Many farmers have struggled to get their cows milked and when they have the milk has gone sour due to a lack of electricity for coolers.
This has left some farmers facing heavy financial burdens, in an already price dependent industry. Many calls have come from numerous organisations for generators to be supplied to help these farms get through this latest heartache. But upon discussion and conversations with many dairy farmers at the recent National Dairy show in Millstreet, many of them felt the farmers should have a generator on their farm, regardless!
This was the opinion of not just one or two farmers, but many saying they have always had one on site, ready for action. As one farmer noted, “It’s silly not to be prepared for the worst. It’s yourself it’s killing”.
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