The 400-acre plot of grassland found on the Shannon Airport site is in the process of being cut and harvested, with all fodder being donated to help Ireland’s struggling farmers.
The three-day harvest began yesterday morning at approximately 10am, with an estimated 1,000 bales set to be produced over the coming days. These bales will then be donated and delivered to struggling farmers in the West and Northwest of the country.
This is not the first time the airport has donated their grass to farmers, having done the same in 2013 during that fodder crisis. The intervention was described by Joe Healy as a “godsend”.
“Those bales are a godsend and a lifesaver. Normally its farmers helping farmers, but for the likes of Shannon to come in and do this, shows the goodwill of Shannon Airport towards the farming community.”, said IFA president Joe Healy.
Many bales have already been transported from the Airport site so it can be distributed. Local farmers have made their own way to the airport to collect supplies for themselves and neighbours.
“We were approached by the local farming community to say there is a crisis, which we’re all aware of, and could we help. There’s only one answer you can give and that is ‘absolutely yes…Hundreds of bales have already been saved and this is going to go on for the next few days”, said Shannon Airport’s Director of Operations Niall Maloney.