Many Carlow farmers 'very depressed' with 50% of winter fodder eaten into

Farmers are being encouraged to stay positive and source cheap feed where they can

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Meeting in Leighlinbridge attended by approximately 25 local farmers

Carlow farmers were in a "sombre but hopeful" hopeful mood at a meeting last night on dealing with the fodder crisis. 

Approximately 25 local farmers attended the meeting and Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association representative for Carlow/Kildare, Michael Moloney, said: "Farmers are very depressed at the moment. We were trying to offer some solutions. 

"There's no absolute solution. It's about trying to source the cheapest possible feed."

President of the ICMSA, Pat McCormack, thinks milk prices will rise in the coming months looking at typical worldwide indicators as it usually tracks oil prices and this increase in prices would be a huge positive for dairy farmers. 

At the meeting, Teagasc highlighted that farms in the South East are a lot worse off than other farms across the country. 

Mr Moloney added: "Some farmers have eaten into 50% of their winter feed supplies. This will have a knock-on effect into next year and the only thing that could save farmers is a clement winter. 

"Farmers have to plan ahead now and grow high yielding, high turnaround crops where they can. They need to do an assessment with feed early so they know where they stand. The mood last night (Wednesday) was sombre but hopeful."