Claims that fodder shortage was only treated as a crisis when it hit south and east

Politicians and farm leaders in the north west are hitting out at the Minister for Agriculture today over what they say has been his delay in dealing with the livestock fodder crisis.

That’s despite imports of fodder from the UK having begun this morning through Rosslare port.

It followed a meeting in Cork yesterday between Minister Michael Creed, the farm advisory body Teagasc and others, including dairy co-opertives.

However, warnings about shortages of fodder were raised in the north west as far back as last October.

Last week, Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon Scanlon highlighted the case is a man who was so stressed by his situation that he threatened to shoot his animals and then himself.

His party colleague, Marc MacSharry, says the issue should have been dealt with long before now.

Despite the start of fodder imports this morning, there is no indication that any of it will be coming to the north west, as Kevin Comiskey, chairman of the Leitrim IFA Sheep Committee and of the Dromhair IFA branch, has been telling Ocean FM

Deputy MacSharry also said he did he know if any of the fodder now being imported would be coming to Sligo, Leitrim or Donegal.,