01 Mar 2018
STORM EMMA BLIZZARD CONDITIONS HIT FARMERS ACROSS THE SOUTH-EAST AND MIDLANDS, MOVING WESTEnvironment & Rural Affairs
IFA President Joe Healy has urged farm families to be extra cautious this evening and into the tomorrow (Friday) as the worst elements of Storm Emma make their way across the country.
He said, “The unprecedented blizzard like snow storms and falling air temperatures to engulf the south east, spreading across the midlands are making farming conditions extremely difficult.
“Farmers are working throughout the night at this time of the year lambing ewes and calving cows. There is a real need for ever extra care and caution to be taken at this time. The best and safest place to be is at home but anyone who has to venture out on the farm should wrap-up warm; wear hi-vis clothing; let someone else know where they are going and their expected return time; and, make sure to take a fully charged mobile phones with them.”
Joe Healy once again reminded farmers who are alone at this time, and struggling to access services, supplies or fodder to make contact with their local IFA branch for support, where necessary.