WEATHER WARNING

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Department of Agriculture issues warning

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Department of Agriculture warn of 'significant effects' the Beast from the East blizzard will have on farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has participated in a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group. 

Met Éireann has issued a weather advisory indicating that Ireland is facing a very unusual, extremely cold period, with heavy snow, affecting the East and South East of the country from Tuesday night, 27 February 2018.

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Sustained, very cold conditions, possibly only rising to 0 degrees in daytime and accompanied by strong winds are indicated.

These conditions will persist until Friday 2 March at least.

A spokesperson from the Department of Agriculture said that this weather will have significant effects for farmers.

"Such conditions will obviously be of particular concern to farmers and those engaged in the agriculture sector.

"The more significant effects concern the provision of water, shelter and feed to livestock, whether housed or being outwintered.

"It is essential that water pipes in the farmyard and also leading to outside water troughs are properly insulated and prevented from freezing up.

"This is particularly important at this time when cows are calving and sheep lambing, giving rise to a heightened demand for water.

"In the case of sheep flocks it is essential that they are brought to a sheltered area during the worst of this event.

"For any animal welfare issues arising from this severe weather event farmers are advised to keep in touch with their Teagasc adviser, their Veterinary Practitioner, or to contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Animal Welfare."

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