Record rainfall this summer is causing major problems for farmers

The wet summer weather is causing problems for farmers as feed costs will rise and crops could also be in danger

The wet summer weather is causing problems for farmers as feed costs will rise and crops could also be in danger

The bad weather has hit the dairy side of the industry and this at a critical time of the year.

Teagasc have set up advisory clinics at all their offices to help farmers deal with the current conditions.

Milk supplies to Glanbia and major co-ops are down.

In fact milk supplies have crashed all over the country.

Ardee grain producer Colm McDonald said the heavy rain if prolonged could become a problem for grain producers.

Diseases could affect crops struggling in the wet and unusually cold condititons.

“The land is too wet,” Mr McDonald said. “Farmers have to bring in feed and this will affect winter feed stocks.”

IFA figures show that only one third of the silage crop has been saved.

This will have serious implicatiosn for next winter.

“Livestock at the moment is cutting up the land so they have to be taken in and housed and winter feed used,” Colm McDonald said.

“There will also be the problem of getting amchinery onto the land when it is so wet.”

The Government is now talking about getting the Single Farm Payment advanced to October, from its usual November payment date.

The IFA has estimates losses of 100 million because of lower weight gains in beef and cattle, lower milk yields and grain yields.

The loss in silage feed is estimated at 20 per cent.

This means that animals would require extrqa meal per day over the winter months.

The delay and the poor quality of what has been saved will have serious implications for next winter.

The problem now is will the weather improve?

Met Eireann weather stations around the country have recorded their wettest June since records began.

We had more than double the normal rainfall levels, less sunshine and lower temperatures.

IFA president John Bryan said that weather conditions must significantly improve over the next week or there could be serious problems with winter fodder later in the year.

He estimated that half the silage crop has yet to be saved and highlighted that animals are housed in many places.

The problem for farmers who have not been able to harvest silage is that they will have to wait for dry weather to dry the standing crop before making silage.