Don’t get sucked into false sense of security, farmers warned
Farmers have been warned not to get sucked into a false sense of security as storm Ophelia approaches the country.
Speaking on RTE Radio 1, ICMSA President John Comer said his organisation is hearing very different reports from members depending on what part of the country they are located.
While he said conditions are quite normal in Northern areas, farmers in the south are experiencing very rough conditions.
The main worry for farmers, particularly dairy farmers, is if the power goes.
“If the power goes milking in the evening will be a big issue. If it's out for 24 hours farmers will have to get a generator,” he said.
Comer highlighted that during the last major storm the availability of generators became a major problem and he stressed that most farmers do not have one.
He also said most farmers will also be debating whether to let livestock out or keep them in the shed.
“It’s had to know what to do. Many would say keeping them in is best but if the roof of the shed goes there could be huge damage,” he said.