AS FARMERS continue to grapple with the fodder crisis, further loads of imported english hay have been arranged by Connacht Gold across the co-op’s region.
Loads of hay arrived at the Connacht Gold stores at Ballaghadereen and Westport on Saturday and at its stores in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, and Kilbarron, Co. Donegal yesterday (Monday).
Connacht Gold has sourced up to 10 further loads of hay on British farm and once transport is organised these are expected to arrive in Connacht Gold stores across the region over the coming days.
A Connacht Gold spokesman stressed that, because of the acute shortage on many farms, this imported hay is committed before it arrives at Connacht Gold stores.
All hay is being sold to farmers at cost and the cost of transport will be reduced significantly by the special fund established last week by the minister for Agriculture.
managers in Connacht Gold stores and livestock marts are continuing to co-ordinate the supply of silage, hay and straw across the region to ensure that farmers have access to whatever supplies are available.