Wet weather 'hampering famers'

Sun, Jun 24, 2012, 01:00

The Irish Farmers Association has warned that the current unseasonably wet weather poses a threat to farm incomes.

IFA president John Bryan said two-thirds of this year’s silage crop had still to be harvested.

Farmers are becoming increasingly concerned as the wet weather is set to continue for the week ahead, he added.

According to Mr Bryan, “some parts of the country have had levels of rainfall in the last month that were more than double the norm for this time of year.

“This is posing huge difficulties on farm, with stock re-housed, increases in feed costs, production levels back, and critically, most of next winter’s feed still not in”

“We would expect to have 80 per cent of silage harvested by the end of June, but farmers are reporting significant delays because of the prolonged, broken spell of weather.”