Farmers are calling a fodder crisis …but the government says there is sufficient supply

Farmers are calling a fodder crisis …but the government says there is sufficient supply:

The bad weather throughout the summer has left farmers without sufficient amounts of fodder.

SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS since August have left farmers across Ireland on the verge of a serious fodder crisis.

Farmers usually purchase enough fodder – dried hay or feed given to cattle and livestock – to last until the spring when the grass begins to grow and animals can begin to eat that instead.

However, the unexpectedly cold and wet summer and winter has meant that farmers are running out of hay earlier than usual and grass has not grown enough to meet the needs of the animals in many parts of the country.

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