FODDER CRISIS: Uncertainty remains over how and when fodder will make its way to farmers in the North West

Farming Groups are calling for the smaller feed merchants and Co-ops in the North West to be able to administer fodder from next week.

The calls come after the Minister for Agriculture yesterday announced 1-point-5 million euro to help meet the costs of importing animal feed.

The Irish Farmers Association says it doesn’t go far enough and is calling for all on-farm inspections to be suspended until the crisis is averted.

And speaking to Ocean FM News this evening Gerry Loftus the Chair of the Mayo branch of the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association says that smaller feed merchants must be allowed to distribute fodder as well:

JP Cowley Chairperson of the IFA in Sligo says that people locally are being advised to put in their order with their local Aurivo Co-Op store manager but supplies are unlikely to be delivered until next week:

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Regarding GLAS measures, the Minister has  announced an extension to the closing date for grazing livestock on land containing the Traditional Hay Meadow action under the scheme. Grazing by livestock is now permitted up to 1st May this year.