Connacht Gold has imported hay and haylage from Britain, a move that helped farmers across eight counties to feed their cattle over the past seven days.
The co-op imported over 50 loads of hay and haylage from Ireland’s nearest neighbour and distributed the feed from Longford to Donegal. “The exercise involved Connacht Gold staff working round the clock in sourcing hay on British farms and organising transport,” a spokesperson told the Leader. “The peak delivery day was last Saturday when 17 loads were delivered to stores across the region. All hay and haylage was given to farmers at cost price and the cost of transport was significantly reduced by the special fund set up by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney recently.”
As farmers continue to struggle with the animal feed crisis, Connacht Gold along with the other major co-ops in the country have continued with their efforts to source fodder from other countries. “Connacht Gold is also importing a range of lower cost supplementary feeds that will help farmers stretch the limited amount of silage, hay or straw,” the spokesperson added. “These feeds, available in Connacht Gold stores, are also been sold at cost price.”