Only two applications have been submitted for the recently announced Fodder Transport Scheme, and according to IFA Connacht Regional Chairman Padraic Joyce, the miniscule level of applications made is clear evidence that the scheme is not working. 

Speaking to Midwest News Mr Joyce said that with  this level of take-up of the scheme, despite obvious and ongoing fodder difficulties on a significant number of farms, it is clear that a rethink is needed and Minister Creed must come forward with a more meaningful scheme to include meal vouchers, which have proven successful in the past during times of fodder shortage. 

Fodder shortages are likely to become even more apparent now following the recent storm as fodder that would have been available from the south and south-east of the country may be less plentiful.

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