Dealing with the fodder crisis requires a financial commitment.
Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil says, while some of Minister Michael Creed’s fodder crisis mitigation plans are welcome, he is ignoring and failing to commit to the three most important activities that are crucial to alleviating the pending animal welfare crisis.
Deputy Brassil says an extension to slurry and fertiliser deadlines is very welcome, however, this doesn’t deal with upcoming challenges.
He says the government must open the €25 million low-cost Brexit loan scheme for farmers and fishermen as announced in October 2017.
Additionally, the minister must direct Bord Bia to redouble its efforts to open new markets for dairy; Deputy Brassil believes at least 250,000 animals must be exported to reduce fodder demand this winter.
The Fianna Fáil TD says additional funds for this scheme must also be announced in the Budget 2019 statement in October.
Deputy Brassil adds the department must start identifying, importing and storing fodder from overseas to prepare for winter and spring, while the Fodder Import Scheme must be reopened.
He says waiting until animals are starving is neither fair nor smart.