Deering Welcomes Fodder Crisis Announcements.

24th April, 2013

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering has welcomed yesterdays announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, that he has allocated €1 million for an imported fodder transport scheme. This scheme is being introduced by the Government to reduce the cost to farmers of imported forage (hay, silage, haylage) from outside the island of Ireland. The scheme will operate through the Dairy co-operatives (milk purchasers). It will cover forage imported by the co-ops from 15th April 2013 to 3rd May 2013 and will be subject to EU State Aid rules. This will substantially cover the cost of transport into the country and will reduce the cost to farmers of a bale of hay by approximately one third. Farmers should contact their local co-op regarding their requirements. In practical terms, the Department will pay the co-op a contribution towards the cost of transport which in turn will be reflected in the ultimate price to the farmer.

“I welcome this announcement to contribute €1m towards the cost of transporting this much needed fodder. The Co-ops have confirmed that they will facilitate farmers who need help in sourcing urgent fodder supplies, whether or not they are existing customers.

“I also welcome Glanbia’s announcement that all fertiliser purchased in May will be interest free up to the end of July. This has been a serious time for farmers right across the country with no fodder to keep animals housed and little or grass to let them out to. Hopefully we’ll soon see an improvement in the weather, with the first of May only one week away it’s of serious concern to all in the agri sector.