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Advice for Flooded Farms

Agricultural advisers in Teagasc offices have been assisting farmers with advice and information to help them manage their farms during this extreme weather. In particular, advisers in offices in Ballinasloe, County Galway; Ballina, County Mayo; Ennis, County Clare; Ballymote, County Sligo; Newcastlewest, County Limerick; Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, and Skibereen in West Cork have been dealing with farmers affected. Advisers are available for phone consultation with any farmers affected. The situation regarding flooding is still deteriorating in some areas.

A Teagasc response team jointly led by Peter Leonard, Teagasc advisory regional manager in Mayo and Teagasc environmental specialist, Tim Hyde based in Ballinasloe, is in place and liaising with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, other state agencies, farm organisations and rural associations to co-ordinate responses.

The issues facing farmers, for which they are seeking advice on, include flooded farm yards and cattle sheds, some fodder/ bales damaged and destroyed by flooding, moving animals to higher ground which are safer, and advice on feeding a maintenance diet to animals taken out of flooded sheds.

Speaking today, Peter Leonard, Teagasc regional advisory manager in Mayo, said; “Farmers and others living in rural areas are trying to manage through this very difficult weather spell, and are seeking advice on the right actions to take in response to flooding on their land and in their farm yards. Teagasc are responding to all requests for help and are working with the other organisations to ensure assistance gets to those most in need.”

Tim Hyde, Teagasc environmental specialist said; “Farmers faced with flooded farm yards are facing a particularly difficult time. If tanks are flooded it is permitted to pump out water for animal welfare reasons, using sludge pumps. Exporting slurry to other farms is also an option and is allowed until the end of the December. Farmers are also helping their neighbours with fodder where access to their own supplies is restricted due to access.”

Advice on cash flow and financial budgeting for farmers is also available, as they plan over the medium term to cope with the lower incomes in 2015 and the projected income situation into 2016.

Teagasc will continue to assist those affected and farmers can contact their local Teagasc office for further details. Advice is also available from the Department of Agriculture at www.agriculture.gov.ie. DAFM helpline numbers, CallSave: 076-1064408 or Phone: 01-6072379