Storm Ophelia was a reminder of how vital generators and other back-up equipment are for dairy farmers
Dairy farmers were forced to play the generator game as a result of power outages suffered due to the 190km/h winds of Storm Ophelia last Monday.
At the height of the crisis last week, more than 500 of Glanbia's suppliers were without power and were forced to scramble for generators. In a lot of cases this meant farmers could only milk once a day as they had to share generators.
Glanbia's Pat O'Keeffe said that while in many cases accessing a generator was not the problem, many farmers did not have the proper wiring in place to install the generator straight away, so milking was further delayed.
"There's plenty of hardship about and there's been heavy rains with Storm Brian too," said Mr O'Keeffe. "There's lots of milking once a day. Many are without water.
"I'd advise farmers to make sure they have access to a generator and make sure they are wired up for one as it has happened where farmers get access to generators but do not have the wiring. I already know a farmer who is buying one because he doesn't want to be caught out again by a power outage."
While Kilkenny dairy farmer Denis Drennan did not suffer any lengthy power shortages as a result of Storm Ophelia, he loaned a couple of generators to local farmers, and he noticed that many farmers didn't have the changeover switch needed to use a generator.
"I have a couple of generators rolled out to farmers," he said. "The biggest problem is that farmers don't have the changeover switch which is needed to install a generator. The switch breaks the line from the ESB main and prevents those working on the ESB line from getting electrocuted. It's very important.
"Most machines are very modern. There's so much technology, we need electricity,. It's very hard to milk the old way now.