Councillor warns of dismal weeks ahead with fodder shortages

Pictured at Johnston's Pharmacy opening - Eugene Murphy, Claire Devine, Pharmacist; Gareth Johnston.
Fodder shortages are causing difficulties for farmers across the region and Strokestown area representative, Cllr Eugene Murphy (FF) has warned that all those involved will need as much help as they can get in the weeks ahead.

Fodder shortages are causing difficulties for farmers across the region and Strokestown area representative, Cllr Eugene Murphy (FF) has warned that all those involved will need as much help as they can get in the weeks ahead.

“There is still poor growth and I am worried for some farmers,” he told the Leader, adding that grass growth was six to eight weeks behind. “This is a critical issue and the Minister Simon Coveney needs to do a lot more. The Minister gives me the impression that he does not seem to be concentrating on the serious consequences this crisis will have in the long term for farmers in the West and Midlands. More fodder will be needed as there will not be sufficient grass for weeks to feed herds of cattle. Farming families are very worried and need support.”

Cllr Murphy went on to urge the IFA to encourage Minister Coveney to give his full attention to what he described as “this most grave situation”.