30 Nov 2010
COLD SNAP POSES PROBLEMS FOR FARMERS – BRYANUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan said the heavy snowfall and freezing conditions in some parts of the country are causing problems and disruption to farming.The biggest difficulty for farmers is getting fodder to livestock and maintaining water pipes in the freezing conditions.
He said, “With the harsh weather forecast to last through the rest of this week and with temperatures falling well below freezing, this has left regional and secondary roads in the affected areas in a very dangerous condition. This is creating particular difficulties for milk collections, feed deliveries and farmers moving livestock to factories and marts. Supplies to factories and marts are being affected as farmers cannot take cattle out.”
John Bryan said maintaining water supplies for livestock is a major problem in the freezing conditions, with the extreme temperatures damaging pipes. In addition, the heavy frost is affecting milking machines for dairy farmers.
The IFA President urged farmers to take extra care given the difficult working conditions caused by the cold snap.
Concluding, John Bryan also encouraged farmers to check on elderly neighbours who are living on their own, and whose mobility may be restricted because of the road conditions.