Fodder in short supply.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Fodder in short supply. thumbnailRathfriland Co-Op manager Jim McCrum discussed his concerns with South Down Ulster Farmersí Union during their visit last week.

THE ULSTER Farmers' Union is becoming "increasingly concerned" about continuing cold weather and the pressure on farmers of having enough fodder to feed their livestock.

These worries were brought to the attention of South Down Ulster Farmers' Union representatives by Jim McCrum, manager of Rathfriland Farmers' Co-operative Society.

He said this winter has caused "major disruption" to many farmers and has been "the worst year in my farming career".

At the meeting held on Friday at Rathfriland Co-Op, Mr McCrum on behalf of local farmers raised issues including fodder pressures and inspections.

"We have had eight months of winter and farmers are really beginning to feel depressed. We cannot be expected to continue with how things are going," he said.

"I honestly cannot remember a year that was as bad as this one, normally you would get a bad autumn and then a good spring or vice-versa but this has been ongoing now since August really."

Meanwhile, Rathfriland man Barclay Bell, President of the Ulster Farmers' Union, said: "We have experienced one of the wettest winters following persistent rainfall which has made conditions for farmers very difficult.

"Soil has been at saturation point and as a result there were real difficulties in doing fieldwork.

"This prolonged period of wet weather across the province has put major feeding pressure on farmers.

Many have had cattle housed since August and struggled to get silage cut in the autumn."

More details in The County Down Outlook Newspaper


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