Sheep farming fodder crisis
Donegal sheep farmers have backed a call by the IFA on the Department of Agriculture to immediately pay farmers the outstanding grant due under the Sheep Welfare Scheme.
The call has been made by the IFA National Sheep chairman Sean Dennehy to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed TD.
Mr Dennehy said that it was a small amount of money it could have a major impact at this very difficult time for sheep farmers.
Sean Dennehy said the Department has told IFA they can pay the outstanding Sheep Welfare monies from April 1st, and he insisted it was now important the department do so as a matter of urgency.
The IFA Sheep Chairman said Minister Creed also needs to address the fodder difficulties on some sheep farms with a feed voucher scheme. He said this would be fast and effective in dealing with fodder difficulties, especially in sheep flocks at lambing and where there is a shortage of grass due to the very late spring.