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Tough conditions on farms as March rainfall 3.5 times normal in places

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Adam Kerrigan on water-logged land at the family farm in Ballintra, Co Donegal last year. Photo: Philip Mulligan

Adam Kerrigan on water-logged land at the family farm in Ballintra, Co Donegal last year. Photo: Philip Mulligan

Adam Kerrigan on water-logged land at the family farm in Ballintra, Co Donegal last year. Photo: Philip Mulligan

Rainfall amounts have been above average across the country over the last seven days causing havoc on many farms across the country.

The wettest conditions were experienced in the southwest last week with Shannon Airport recording 3.5 times the normal March weekly rainfall.

It was somewhat drier in the southeast though with precipitation amounts close to normal here.

The wet conditions have lead to significant grazing difficulties on many farms with many dairy farmers restoring to on and off grazing.

The weather has come at the worst possible time for many of the countries sheep farmers with the lambing season at its height throughout the country.

Meanwhile, for tillage farmers, work with machinery is nigh on impossible in most places due to saturated ground.

Unfortunately for farmers, it is expected to stay rather unsettled over the coming week with further rain or showers.

According to Met Eireann, precipitation amounts are forecast to be close to or greater than average; the wettest conditions are expected along Atlantic coastal fringes.

However, during the middle of the week it will be come that little bit milder than recent days.

It says soils in many places are saturated at the moment and there will be no change in that for the coming week.

Is part of your farm flooded? Send us pics of the flooding to editor@farmireland.ie

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