Sunday 18 February 2018

Clouds hang over us all

The splendid, if sporadic, boom in Irish agriculture has encountered a grave setback caused by the effects of the dreadful weather of the spring and summer.

To the general dismay, but particularly the dismay of farmers, this is now forecast to continue into August.

Even urban dwellers can see the effects of the heavy rain in their own gardens. As to farmers, they not only tread the soggy ground but count the cost. They have to keep cattle under shelter. They have to buy more animal feed at ever-rising prices. They have to watch their grain crops wilting and sprouting.

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