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HomeFarming News‘Premature’ to consider a fodder shortfall at this time – Creed
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‘Premature’ to consider a fodder shortfall at this time – Creed

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed has said it is “premature” to consider a fodder shortage at this time.

He made the comment in response to a parliamentary question from Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin, who asked the Minister if he has concerns that there may be a fodder shortage this year.

He also asked Creed about the contingency measures that will be implemented in the event of a shortfall of food and if he will prepare a financial support package in advance.


In response to his series of questions, Minister Creed, said: “Over the last decade, Ireland has experienced a number of extreme weather events ranging from the significant cold winter of 2009/2010 through to the extended dry period experienced in the summer of 2018 which followed a prolonged winter that resulted in a late spring.”

He outlined that 2019 proved to be a very good year for grass growth resulting in significant reserves of fodder being available into 2020.

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In addition, so far this year, based on Teagasc’s PastureBase Ireland grass growth monitoring model, growing conditions have been favourable, he added.

“As a result of the growing conditions and the good weather, farmers have conserved excellent quality fodder in recent weeks and based on current fodder availability, it is premature to consider a fodder shortfall at this time.”

“Nevertheless, both I and my officials continue to closely monitor the situation.”

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