There is a shortage of hay and silage in many parts of the country – and the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D., has this week announced that he has allocated €1 million for an imported fodder transport scheme.
This scheme will help reduce the cost to farmers of imported hay, silage and haylage from the UK and other countries. The scheme will operate through the Dairy co-operatives and will cover imports by the co-ops from 15th April 2013 to 3rd May 2013 . The funding will substantially cover the cost of importing the fodder and will reduce the cost to farmers of a bale of hay by approximately one third.
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 or suppliers.
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