One in four farm­ers still fac­ing fod­der deficit

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

ONE in four farm­ers are still fac­ing a fod­der deficit fol­low­ing last year’s ex­treme weather con­di­tions, a Tea­gasc sur­vey has found.

Tea­gasc ru­mi­nant nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist Brian Garry said the ef­fects of last sum­mer’s drought could still be felt this spring.

“This sit­u­a­tion could be ex­ac­er­bated if we get a late spring, re­sult­ing in a later turnout than planned on the farms com­plet­ing this sur­vey,” he said.

Three quar­ters of the 364 farm­ers sur­veyed told Tea­gasc that they have enough feed to see them through un­til the end of the win­ter hous­ing pe­riod.

How­ever, de­spite the mild win­ter around one in eight farms are 10pc short of stocks, while one in six have a short­fall of over 10pc or more than two weeks’ feed. On av­er­age there was a fod­der re­quire­ment of 51 t DM on farms with 69 t DM of fod­der in stock on th­ese farms

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