16 May 2013
DEMAND FOR IMPORTED FODDER INTENSIFIESUncategorized
IFA Deputy President and Fodder Project Team leader Eddie Downey today (Thurs) said the demand for imported fodder has escalated this week, especially along the western seaboard and in the Border Regions, as the disastrous weather conditions continue.
He said that available supplies from the UK sourced through the IFA system were slowing down, as approximately 15,000 tonnes of hay, haylage and maize silage has now been delivered on farms.
Eddie Downey said that despite major logistical obstacles,1,000 tonnes of French hay will have been distributed through agri-businesses around the country by this weekend, with a further 1,500 tonnes scheduled for delivery over the coming week. A supply line to Holland has also been opened up, with 500 tonnes sourced there.
“Anyone in a position to help speed up the delivery, including co-ops and road hauliers, has been encouraged to make transport available. However, further supplies will be required and the IFA has sourced hay in Holland which commences loading this weekend.”
Mr Downey complimented the work of the IFA Project Teams across the country, which have shifted thousands of tonnes of fodder, from farms with surplus supplies, to those in difficulty.
He said the efforts of the co-ops, marts, merchants and IFA’s voluntary officers and staff who have been working around the clock was appreciated by farmers, and he encouraged them to keep up the good work.