Farm Safety

Farmers Should Prepare for Storm Barra

IFA Munster Regional Chairman Harold Kingston has advised farmers, particularly those in the Red alert areas, to take every precaution over the next 48 hours as Storm Barra arrives.

Cork, Kerry and Clare have been designated Status Red, with the rest of the country either Orange or Yellow.

He advised farmers to check their farmyards and put in place whatever safety procedures are needed to safeguard themselves and their livestock until the storm passes.

“Farmers should review whatever measures they normally take when Met Éireann issues a storm advisory. Check buildings, gates, doors, vehicles and equipment to ensure they are secure,” he said.

Harold Kingston also advised farmers to use the time between now and the storm landing to have all precautions in place.

“Met Éireann’s advice is that there will be gusts in excess of 130km/hour. Anybody farming near coastal areas should be very vigilant,” he said.

He also asked farmers to check with any neighbours who may be isolated and to give them whatever assistance they can.

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