Warning to farmers of risks in aftermath of Storm Lorenzo

Warning to farmers of risks in aftermath of Storm Lorenzo

Farmers have been reminded of the dangers of fallen trees and the impact they can have on electric wires in the aftermath of Storm Lorenzo.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed said the assessment of any damage after the storm should only be carried out by trained ESB professionals.

Great care should be taken in removing trees and especially in the use of chainsaws.

In relation to animal welfare issues, he urged farmers to keep in touch with their Teagasc adviser or contact his Department’s Animal Welfare helpline: Call Save 0761 064408 or Phone 01 6072379.

He also asked people to check on elderly neighbours and stressed that fishermen should take particular care.

The minister said his Department is participating fully in the National Emergency Co-ordination Group.

Meanwhile, farm bodies have urged their members not to take risks during the current weather.

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney also pointed out that ground conditions are challenging and deteriorating.

“Grass is the cheapest form of feed for livestock and many farmers have tried to manage their costs in this very difficult year by grazing out fields and paddocks, only to get caught by the deluge of rain in many parts of the country in recent weeks.”

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