January 15, 2024
Minister must outline response to potential fodder shortage facing farmers – Claire Kerrane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Claire Kerrane TD, has called on Minister McConalogue to outline his response to reports that one third of farmers are facing a fodder shortage.
 
The results of Agriland’s national snap survey show that 34% of farmers are running short of fodder and that 33% will have to purchase more fodder for their needs.
 
The survey also highlighted that many farmers are concerned about having to buy fodder at a high price, as well as some considering selling livestock earlier than intended due to the financial burden they are now facing.
 
Speaking today, Teachta Kerrane said:
 
“It is really concerning that not only are farmers facing a fodder shortage, which is a challenge in itself, they are also facing significant financial burden as a result of this shortage.
 
“The survey results show that one third of farmers are running short of fodder, with many worried about the high prices of buying fodder or even having to sell livestock earlier than they usually would. That is really alarming.
 
“I appreciate that a fodder shortage is largely due to the weather we experienced in 2023, and that the poor second cut of silage and early housing of animals are knock-on consequences of that.
 
“However, considering a significant number of family farmers could face serious challenges over the coming months, it is clear that action is needed from Minister McConalogue and his Department on this matter.
 
“I have now submitted a query to the Minister to ask what his response is to these results, and what measures his Department is taking to mitigate and alleviate the pressures farmers are facing as a result of a fodder shortage.
 
“I would ask him to outline this response as soon as possible and provide reassurance to affected family farmers.”

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