Farmers feeding animals instead of themselves

St Vincent de Paul approached by farm families for help

Some farm families are feeding their animals by cutting back on buying food for themselves as they struggle to cope with the fodder crisis. Photograph: David Sleator

Some farm families are feeding their animals by cutting back on buying food for themselves as they struggle to cope with the fodder crisis. Photograph: David Sleator

 

It has been approached by a number of farm families in recent weeks who are looking for help as a result of the fodder crisis.

Its national president Geoff Meagher said the society was aware of situations “where, with scarce fodder, money that should be used to provide food and household needs is being used to keep animals alive”.

He said some farmers were experiencing isolation and turmoil as a result of their financial difficulties and the situation was particularly dire where the land was difficult.

“In recent days we have been approached by a number of farm families for help to put bread on the table as a result of this crisis and by others who now find it very difficult to keep children in education,” he said.

“We are conscious of the pride and self-reliance within the Irish farming community and how difficult it may be to seek help from an organisation such as St Vincent de Paul.”

Mr Meagher said the society could not help with the farming issue but could offer support to people to meet their household needs and its members were always available to listen and advise.

“The work of SVP is carried out in the strictest confidence and support can be provided by SVP people from outside any particular local community,” he said.