Massive snow drifts hit milk collections
Farmers are battling massive snowdrifts across the country, as dairy farmers face major pressures in getting milk collected in treacherous conditions.
Freezing pipes in milking parlours, no water for livestock and sub-zero temperatures for calving and lambing are all placing extreme stress on the sector.
Dairy farmer Lorcan McCabe, from Bailieborough, Co Cavan, said with six-foot high snow drifts they would face major difficulties in getting milk collected.
Mr McCabe, who is also deputy president of the farmers body ICMSA, said he may have to try carting some of the milk to a collector in the area as his storage will shortly be full.
"It is an awful thing after all the work over the past week to have to let the milk into the slurry tank," he said.
Irish Farmers' Association president Joe Healy said frozen water pipes are a major problem for dairy farmers and for drinking water on livestock farms.
Most co-ops said they expected little milk collection due to road conditions.
Sheep farmer George Prendergast said he was "extremely lucky" to have been able to bring all his ewes and lambs into his farmyard at Myshall, Co Carlow. "Where they were there are now drifts of snow over five foot in height, not alone would all my lambs have been smothered but so also would their mothers."
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