Longford farmers urged to take extra care as 'Beast from the East' takes hold

Aisling Kiernan

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ICSA says extra care needed for animals and property during adverse weather conditions.

Deputy President of ICMSA, Lorcan McCabe, has appealed to the farming community to take extra care over the next few days as the county gets set to be gripped by the extremely cold weather.

Mr McCabe said that the potential for danger and farm accidents increase in these kinds of conditions and farmers must be vigilant on their own families' behalves and particularly on behalf of elderly neighbours who may well become anxious as the extreme cold snap hits.

Mr McCabe also recommended that farmers consider bringing young stock inside and monitor their water pumps.

And while the cold snap, dubbed ‘the Beast from the East’ edges ever closer, Met Eireann have put several weather warnings in place for this week.

Temperatures are set to plummet to as low as -5C at night, while up to 6 cm of snow is forecast for some areas by Wednesday morning.

A Status Orange warning - Met Eireann's second highest - has been issued for counties Longford, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow, Meath, Kilkenny, Wexford, Westmeath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

Met Eireann said; “Scattered snow showers will lead to accumulations of up to 3 cm in some parts by Wednesday morning, while widespread frost and icy conditions will also cause upheaval in the coming days.”

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