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Sunday 21 October 2018

'Be mindful of other road users': Gardai issue warning on transporting fodder

Image: Garda Síochána - Cork, Kerry & Limerick - Southern Region
Image: Garda Síochána - Cork, Kerry & Limerick - Southern Region
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Gardai in Cork have warned those transporting fodder to be mindful of other road users.

Bandon Traffic Corps stopped a van as the trailer after it was found to be missing lights and the hay bail might not have reached its destination as it was not secured.

Huge amounts of fodder are on the move at the moment as in many parts of the country farmers are running low on feed for their stock.

Over 90pc of farmers in the north-west are facing serious fodder shortages this winter, with stock owners generally having 35pc less feed than they will need for their herds.

These are the stark findings of a Teagasc fodder survey which involved more than 90 farmers from Leitrim and Sligo.

It comes as the farm organisations again demanded action from the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed this week to support farmers hit by the fodder crisis.

Bandon Traffic Corps stopped this van as the trailer was missing a light or two and the hay bail might not have reached its destination as it was not secured, please be mindful of other road users.

Posted by Garda Síochána - Cork, Kerry & Limerick - Southern Region on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

While the survey found that a small number of farmers had sufficient feed to see them through the winter, there were also exceptional cases where farmers had already used all their fodder stocks, Tom Coll of Teagasc explained.

However, he said most farmers were faced with feed shortages of around one-third of their normal winter requirements.

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The Teagasc survey confirms the extent of the difficulties facing farmers in the west and north-west.

IFA Connacht chairman, Padraic Joyce said that urgent action should be taken before Christmas to avoid animal welfare issues on farms with fodder shortages. He said: "Some farmers will be out of fodder by January and these are livestock farmers whose profit is not high and they wouldn't be able to buy fodder.

"If a cow is not fed now this could lead to welfare issues on farms. Something should be put in place sooner rather than later. The Department said there is an animal welfare system in place but we don't want it to get that far because it will be too late for some farmers."

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