The boss IFA in Wexford County is the most affected by the drought

  • The boss IFA in Wexford County is the most affected by the drought
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    While we’ve seen some rainfall over the past week, it’s only a drop in the ocean compared to what farmers need to see themselves through some of the toughest weather conditions in recent years.
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While we’ve seen some rainfall over the past week, it’s only a drop in the ocean compared to what farmers need to see themselves through some of the toughest weather conditions in recent years.

Having battled through a long, wet and snowy winter, farmers only about a month of normal weather this year, before they are faced with drought.

Many have used food for winter, a serious crisis awaits and it is against this background that the IFA national President Joe Healy arrived in Enniscorthy last Thursday to meet with farmers and see if there are any Association can do to help.

“In the South East and Wexford, without a doubt, among the most affected areas,” said the Wexford people.

“The whole country was bad, but in the West and North-West, we saw enough rain in the last two weeks. Wexford did not have this. Farmers were hoping to fill up yards with the stock after a long hard winter. But most farmers feed their first cut of silage and grazing and now the second.”

Mr. Healy said that the IFA has been lobbying hard for the farmers and asked the government to take immediate action on such things as the flow of cheap loans, flexible in terms of fertilizer and manure and the creation of incentives for tillage farmers to grow fodder crops on harvested lands. Mr. Healy also urged the agriculture Minister to immediately resume the scheme of import of forage that was available earlier this year and to outline what steps are being taken to exit the crisis.


Local farmers with IFA national President Joe Healy and Wexford IFA Chairman James Kehoe in the metropolis ballymurn last Thursday

“As a matter of urgency the Minister of Creed, now must explain what measures he sought and seeks from Brussels, he said. ‘It is reported today that no formal request was submitted to the Minister a number of derogations which are necessary under the scheme of Glas, to help the farmers to store more food before winter”.

As farmers entered the hall at IFA centre, many of them tried to be optimistic, despite the fact that it is very firmly attached to the collars. One farmer talked about the need to spend an extra €3,400 a week in comparison with last year, to keep 150 cows. Many farmers accused processors and suppliers of a profit and taking advantage of the verge of bankruptcy, farmers V.

“There is some speculation going on in the factories,” one local farmer. “€160 head went the price of cattle in the past six weeks. Factories speculation in areas affected by the drought. This is what has the greatest impact”.

Although there was some grumbling from certain areas for their participation in IFA with this problem, Mr. Healy says it’s what they watch.

“We encourage processors to take advantage of an unprecedented situation,” he said.

“It was a question, and the plants fell, the price of cattle over the last six weeks, knowing that the farmers are trying to sell shares. I would urge that the plants will be responsible in this situation. Similarly, I would like to encourage maximum payout for dairy farmers, and we met with plant retailers in recent weeks, and they have committed to higher prices”.


The Chairman of the southern regional Leinster the short, national development officer Joe Brody, Wexford IFA Deputy President, OOO Gahan, national President Joe Healy, Chairman of Wexford Kehoe James and Director
General Damien MacDonald

County IFA Chairman said farmers right across Wexford are in a difficult position.

“Wexford in my opinion is the worst in the country at the moment,” he said.

“We are a very active district and to provide 10% of the total volume of agricultural production in the country. It was an unprecedented weather. I know that the stocks of silage on some farms much below 50%. We urge the government to take a number of small measures that will have a big impact. In fact, at the moment we count on a very good back end of the year and high growth, but, unfortunately, we are at the mercy of the weather.”

Chairman of the South Leinster IFA Tom short agreed that Wexford farmers are faced with an incredibly difficult situation.

“I look after eight counties Wexford and is perhaps the worst hit, South Wexford in particular,” he said.

“Some color starts to return a little rainfall in the last days, but it will take two or three weeks of rain to see any significant growth. Glanbia currently estimate that there are about 3milion bales of the word, where we should be. The government should make active and do what needs to be done. Small measures such as extension of time for distribution of fertilizers, can make a huge difference. We need to see action now before it’s too late.”

Meanwhile, farmers throughout the County were left to watch in the heavens. They are forced to spend excessive amounts of money on food and just hoping for the best.

“There will be a mass Exodus of the cattle, make no mistake about it,” under pressure the farmer said.

“Guys are still trying to buy food, but it can’t be bought at any price. The cost of feed is astronomical. People spend thousands more than usual every week just to keep things going. Something has to give”.

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