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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Wexford farmers braced for tough winter as a result of fodder crisis

Edel Gahan, vice-chairperson Wexford IFA;James Kehoe, chairman Wexford IFA;Martin Breen, vet; Michael Gahan, dairy chairman; Gerry Giggins, animal nutritionist; and Tom Short, South-Leinster vice-president IFA, at the Fodder Crisis Meeting held in Enniscorthy Mart
Edel Gahan, vice-chairperson Wexford IFA;James Kehoe, chairman Wexford IFA;Martin Breen, vet; Michael Gahan, dairy chairman; Gerry Giggins, animal nutritionist; and Tom Short, South-Leinster vice-president IFA, at the Fodder Crisis Meeting held in Enniscorthy Mart

While the rain has made somewhat of a return in the past couple of weeks, farmers across County Wexford are still facing massive pressure following the drought conditions endured over the course of one of the hottest summers in recent memory. A total of nearly 150 farmers gathered at the Mart in Enniscorthy recently to discuss the fodder crisis and what was being done to help get farmers through what will prove to be a difficult winter this year.

'We have had a bit of rainfall, but it's completely too late for the tillage guys,' said IFA County Chairman James Kehoe. 'For livestock farmers, the rainfall is welcomed, but I think we've already missed the serious growth. There is plenty of growth still, but I think we've missed the boat.'

A range of speakers took the floor on the night, discussing options available to farmers struggling to recover. Nutritionist Gerry Giggins went through a variety of options available for a difficult year while local representatives of each section also spoke. Vet Martin Breen also discussed the stress and different factors which needed to be monitored with animals following the warm weather while IFA South Leinster Regional Chairman Tom Short and Chairman of the National Livestock Committee Angus Woods outlined some of the supports that were being made available.

'There is a great concern among farmers across the county ahead of this winter,' Mr Kehoe said. 'The IFA is working hard with the government to make sure that cattle will be fed throughout the winter.'

Enniscorthy Guardian

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