Extra fodder supplies from France arrived in Longford last Friday morning amid increasing pressure on local farmers to feed their cattle. Haylage from Britain was also hauled into the county last week as demand for the imported feed increased in the wake of fodder shortages on this side of the water.
A spokesman for Connacht Gold said the co-op was continuing to use every avenue to source additional fodder and was working with stakeholders in the agri-food sector to ease the difficulties for farmers. “Farmers in need of fodder should contact their local store and get their names on a list,” the spokesperson added. “All imported fodder has been given to farmers at cost, and the transport cost has been reduced significantly by the government subsidy which has been extended by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine until next Friday, May 24.”
The co-op is also endeavouring to import a range of lower cost supplementary feeds that will help farmers stretch the limited amount of fodder and these will be available in Connacht Gold stores, at cost price to farmers.”
Meanwhile, president, Irish Farmers Association (IFA) John Bryan said that the organisation will begin directing consignments of hay to the west and border counties. “To date over 80 loads of French hay has been delivered by IFA in the past week, and over 100 are expected next week,” continued Mr Bryan. “Fodder was also delivered to Connacht Gold stores in the five counties of Connacht and throughout Donegal, Longford and Westmeath.”