Cork North West TD, Michael Moynihan has called for the Department of Agriculture and Teagasc to immediately conduct a review of fodder stocks in the country following the recent good weather.

Deputy Moynihan added that “it was great to see so many farmers and contractors out over the past two to three weeks cutting silage. They worked incredibly hard to bring in the fodder. This will surely replenish the stocks of many farms across the country following the recent bad weather.

“Now is the time to assess what fodder farmers have in stock and see if there is enough in the country in case of another bad, wet winter.

“We need to learn from the mistakes of last year where farmers were put under severe financial and mental health pressure due to a lack of fodder.

“If following this review, it is observed that we may not have enough fodder for next winter, now is the time to start sourcing stocks from other countries.

“Failing to prepare is something that the Department of Agriculture cannot allow happen again. I am calling on the Department, Teagasc and indeed the national farming organisations to facilitate such a review and ensure that no farmer has to go through the trauma that they endured last winter,” concluded Moynihan.