The Minister for Agriculture Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has ordered a national fodder survey.
The move comes as drought conditions begin to impact on farms in the north west and throughout the country.
Met Éireann has confirmed that such widespread and prolonged dry conditions have not been recorded since 2018, when farming suffered a severe drought and fodder crisis.
The Irish Farmers Journal is reporting this morning that grass growth has plummeted, with concerns growing about second cut silage crops.
Editor of the Farmer’s Journal, Caitriona Morrissey, says it’s already impacting grass re-growth, and could lead to fodder shortages in the months ahead: