Far too early to start talking about a fodder crisis

Farming experts say it’s too early to say there’ll be a fodder shortage due to the heatwave.

Grass growth has slowed, and Met Eireann is predicting sunshine until well into next week, which is worrying some farmers, particularly those in the dairy sector.

But Teagasc says if farmers do a fodder budget, they can plan their needs into the winter.

The authority is also conducting a fodder census over the next three weeks to assist farmers.

Here’s Siobhan Kavanagh from Teagasc:

Head of the IFA in Leitrim James Gallagher says there are no fears of another fodder crisis in the North West at present: