Two-and-a-half-thousand tonnes of animal fodder have started to arrive in Ireland for livestock hit by the bad weather.

Extra supplies have been drafted in from the UK, after farmers sought help to feed their herds.

Dairygold which has arranged for the shipment will sell it at cost price to co-op members.

In this region, Aurivo Co-Op says it has access to adequate fodder supplies at present, and farmers who need additional fodder should contact their local co-op store, so Aurivo knows what stocks it will need to source.

Chief Executive of Aurivo Aaron Forde was among the co-op representatives who spoke with Minister Michael Creed at yesterday’s meeting in relation to the fodder crisis.

Mayo-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin says Aurivo are also holding regional meetings with farmers at present to ascertain the demand for additional fodder.

Senator Mulherin, who’s a member of the Joint Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, has requested that the committee hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the issues surrounding the fodder crisis.

She’s also requesting that the Agriculture Minister, the main co-ops and Teagasc be invited to address the meeting…..

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