Heat warning for farmers — and make sure livestock have enough water

Farmers are being warned to stay out of the mid day sun, watch out for their animals and ensure they conserve water as the dry spell continues.

Irish Water has issued a warning today calling for water conservation on farms by checking pipes, fixing dripping taps and hoses and harvesting rainwater from farm buildings for certain tasks like field irrigation.

The head of the Irish Farmers Association Joe Healy says farmers need to ensure that animals have enough water:

While Hannah Quinn Mulligan, from the Irish Farmers’ Journal says the current hot spell could poze a hazard not only for animals but for farmers as well who should avoid being out in the very hot midday sun: