THIS IS THE WORST I’VE SEEN IN 23 YEARS IN THE AD­VI­SORY SER­VICES

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

Mr Can­non added that a lot of hay and silage was al­ready be­ing brought into the county but the loads were be­ing bought up as soon as they landed.

The fod­der short­ages are not lim­ited to the north-west. Scan­ning con­sul­tant Dan Ryan said that herds have been housed in many parts of north Kerry, Clare and Gal­way for the past six weeks.

Pat Ryan of Lif­fey Mills said that win­ter had started a good month early and with a lot more cows on the ground, the fod­der sit­u­a­tion was “go­ing to be tight”.

Mean­while, an in­de­pen­dent sur­vey of silage qual­ity in the south-east has found that dry mat­ter lev­els are ex­tremely vari­able and av­er­aged 66DMD com­pared to 67.5 last year.

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