Make hay while the sun shines - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Fein spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine Martin Kenny TD, has called for leeway to be given to farmers so that they may cut their traditional hay meadow a few days early, in order to take advantage of next week’s good weather.
Deputy Kenny said:
“I have been contacted by numerous farmers who are fearful if they cut hay or silage next week, while the weather is good they will be penalised for not complying with the traditional hay meadow measure under the GLAS scheme.
“We are all aware of the recent fodder crisis and that farmers have endured one of the toughest winter and springs for many years.
"The farming community cannot go through another crisis next year or many of them will go under.
“It is imperative that enough fodder is gathered to prevent this, as we are already hearing of issue around grain production which could see shortages and high prices for grain next winter.
“I have written to Minister Creed asking him to grant farmers leeway under the traditional hay meadow measure in order that they may have the opportunity to harvest the best quality crop of hay or silage during prime weather for hay making.
“The Minister should give farmers peace of mind and ensure that they will not face penalties for cutting meadows a few days early.
“It is not every year that we get the type of weather that is required to make hay, especially in the North West, and as the saying goes ‘we should make hay while the sun shines’.”