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Sunday 18 November 2018

'It's amazing how generous people are when they realise you are in trouble'

Fodder donated from Durrow, Co Laois to farmers in Co Clare struggling with fodder shortages.
Fodder donated from Durrow, Co Laois to farmers in Co Clare struggling with fodder shortages.

Claire Fox and Eoghan MacConnell

Three loads of silage bales have been donated from farmers in Co Laois to help those in Co Clare struggling with fodder shortages.

Bales of silage were transported from Laois IFA in Durrow to the Flagmount/Killanena IFA Branch in Co Clare yesterday, with more loads expected to be delivered in the coming weeks.

Laois IFA County Chair Francis Gorman told FarmIreland that the bales have been donated by more than 10 farmers free of charge to help tackle the fodder crisis and that it shows the generosity of farmers who don’t want to see others in trouble.

Bales were transported yesterday from Durrow Co Clare to the Flagmount/Killanena IFA Branch in Co Clare yesterday, with more loads expected in the coming weeks.

“The problem with a lot of farmers in bother, I suspect myself, it’s an income issue as much as fodder," he said.

 “There is more silage being committed. If I rang someone I don’t think they’d refuse me, but I don’t have to ask anyone. It’s amazing how generous people are when they realise you are in trouble.

It shows how generous the farming community can be and is very representative of the Irish way of life-of helping people who are in a bad way. It’s about putting the shoulder to the wheel.”

Mr O’ Gorman added that transport costs meant bale prices were amounting to €20-25 per bale and that this scheme would alleviate pressure from farmers in the north and south-west who are experiencing fodder shortages.

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LacPatrick Dairies have also moved to help its farmers who are dealing with the ongoing fodder shortage.

The co-op has secured a significant volume of quality maize silage for its suppliers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

James Hurson of LacPatrick pointed out that the sourcing of the maize silage for LacPatrick suppliers was crucial given where the market for fodder has moved to.

“We have been listening to our suppliers and assessing the fodder situation as the shortage has developed. There are farmers who are desperately short of fodder and we have to make sure that animal welfare is paramount,” he said.


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