December 12, 2017

ICSA to hold fodder crisis meeting in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan this Tuesday

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ICSA is holding a meeting on the looming fodder crisis at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan this Tuesday, December 12 at 8pm. The purpose of the meeting is to explore ways to cope with fodder scarcity and to look at alternatives to too much dependency on hay, silage and straw.

ICSA Cavan Chairperson Hugh Farrell said, “ICSA has pushed the Department of Agriculture for an urgent fodder transport subsidy. We have to get fodder to where it is needed most as a matter of urgency so the issue of subsidised transport needs to be addressed. We also need to look at ways of supplementing the fodder we do have in order to make it stretch. To this end, ICSA is also calling for a system of meal vouchers to be introduced to help those most affected.

“I would encourage all local farmers to attend, particularly those who believe the scarcity of fodder may become an issue for them over the coming months. ICSA will be on hand to assist and is actively sourcing fodder supplies to help those most in need.”

Concluding, Mr Farrell said, “ICSA officials will also be addressing the issue of slurry spreading on the night so I would also encourage anybody affected by that issue to attend also.”

Guest speakers on the night will be:

Michael Davey: Beef & Dairy Nutritionist with Specialist Nutrition

Emmet Duffy: AW Ennis – Erin Farm Feeds

Adam Woods: Farmers Journal

Patrick Kent: ICSA National President

All farmers are welcome to attend.