The adverse weather over the past few weeks has brought additional problems for farmers according to the IFA.
Longford IFA County Chairperson, Andrew McHugh said the weather was â€œextremeâ€ and pointed to the difficulties many farm families across the country were experiencing since it began.
Mr McHugh told the â€˜Longford Leaderâ€™, â€œWith the start of the lambing and calving season, the weather is making conditions for farm families around the country very difficult.â€
He added, â€œSaturated land means that all livestock have to be housed for some time yet, and there is an inevitable increase in workload and costs as a result.â€
The local chairperson also pointed to the need for community spirit in these times and and the importance of keeping a positive outlook despite the difficulties. â€œA strong community spirit exists in rural Ireland, and I would encourage farm families to look out for each other. I would appeal to them to check in on elderly neighbours in particular.â€