An Irish bishop is urging the Government to support farming families amid an escalating fodder crisis.
The crisis has seen farmers running out of feed for their animals following poor weather last summer coupled with a very long winter period.
Earlier this year the UK and Ireland was hit by a bitterly cold wave of weather dubbed the Beast from the East, which saw the countries battered by blizzards, strong winds and snowfall amid unseasonably low temperatures.
The Bishop of Cork & Ross, John Buckley, recently addressed the fodder crisis, which is affecting livestock in his diocese and beyond. He travelled the diocese before and during Easter talking to farmers and their families.
“Due to lack of feed, animals are suffering great stress during this difficult winter and late spring,” Bishop Buckley said. “I am calling on Government to monitor this crisis situation closely and to generously and quickly address the feed requirements of animals. This emergency situation has resulted in reports of animals dying on farms.”
Noting that many farmers had approached him asking for prayers, Bishop Buckley also called on the diocese to pray for the farming community as well as an end to the wet and unseasonably cold weather.
“Over the past few weeks I have witnessed great hardship in the farming community. This is particularly true of West Cork. Let us remember them in our prayers,” he said.
Picture: Ponies stand in a snow-covered field. (Mark Marlow/PA).