First consignments of hay arrive from France

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

IFA President John Bryan has confirmed that consignments of hay sourced in France will be distributed to farmers through their co-ops, marts and merchants in western counties today and over the weekend.

IFA President John Bryan has confirmed that consignments of hay sourced in France will be distributed to farmers through their co-ops, marts and merchants in western counties today and over the weekend.

John Bryan, who travelled to Alencon in the Normandy region of France earlier this week to oversee the loading of the hay, said, “Our priority at this stage is to get fodder to those areas in the country where ground conditions are still difficult and there isn’t enough grass for cattle”.

Speaking at Rosslare Harbour where the first loads were landed, Mr Bryan said, “This delivery of French hay is timely as good quality hay from the UK is running short. The heavy rain and lower temperatures in recent days will have an ongoing impact on farms. Further supplies will arrive in the coming days with co-ops, marts and merchants booking over 3,500 tonnes for their customers.”

John Bryan welcomed the Government’s decision to broaden the transport subsidy scheme and make it available to co-ops, marts and merchants.

The IFA President acknowledged the contribution of €250,000 from the Musgrave Supervalu group to the fodder crisis fund set up by IFA last week. He said Kepak and Carty Meats had also helped to fund the Supervalu contribution, which would be welcomed by farmers.

Last week the Irish Farmers Journal, IFAC Accountants, IFFPG, Origin Enterprises plc and FBD Insurance all supported the fund, which he said farmers greatly appreciate. John Bryan also thanked Clogrennane Lime, Carlow for their contribution.