The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has welcomed a move by ferry company Stena Line to offer reductions of up to 20 per cent on Stena’s Irish Sea crossings to hauliers who are importing fodder through ICSA.
The preferential rates came about following a meeting between a delegation from ICSA, led by president Gabriel Gilmartin, and senior Stena representatives in Dublin yesterday. Following the meeting, Mr Gilmartin said, “Stena expressed a great deal of empathy with the situation being faced by our members and were keen to work with us to help alleviate the pressure on farmers.”
“Over the past number of weeks, the major stumbling block has been the transport issue. Good quality bales of hay are available in large quantities in England and France, but we simply cannot bring them into Ireland fast enough.
This very welcome step by Stena Line will hopefully make a big difference to the continuing efforts to get fodder moving to those places that still urgently need it,” the ICSA leader concluded.