IFA President Eddie Downey said the extreme weather since the start of the year, coupled with the start of the lambing and calving season, is making conditions for farm families around the country very difficult.
Eddie Downey said the saturated land means that all livestock have to be housed for some time yet and there is an inevitable increase in workload and costs as a result.
The IFA President said a strong community spirit exists in rural Ireland, and he encouraged farm families to look out for each other. “I would appeal to them to check in on elderly neighbours in particular.”
Meanwhile, the ESB has agreed to facilitate the transportation of generators and other equipment to farmers who are without electricity, especially for farmers who cannot milk cows or provide water for their animals.