Fodder support being given for flooded farms

Support is being provided by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine to those farmers mostly affected by fodder losses due to flooding.
Fodder support being given for flooded farms

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said officials from his department and Teagasc have identified some 80 farmers in need of support.

“These farmers are receiving emergency fodder supplies. The assistance we are providing is modest but important for those hardest hit by these floods,” he said.

“I am particularly anxious to ensure that we avoid animal welfare problems arising from loss of fodder in the floods.”

Mr Coveney said his department’s helpline (0761 064408 or 01 6072379) remains open.

Farmers with significant fodder losses or animal welfare concerns can avail of it.

Flexibilities introduced to facilitate the removal of water from flooded slurry tanks and the movement of animals for welfare reasons in areas worst affected by the flooding remain in place.

Mr Coveney urged farmers to be extra vigilant when accessing flooded lands, as there are hidden dangers.

Those who have to cross flooded lands by foot should use walking poles and seek assistance in rescuing stranded animals.

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