A Kerry MEP is calling for careful monitoring of the fodder situation facing farmers this winter.
Sean Kelly says appropriate measures will be needed if there is any further radical change.
The Kilcummin native says many farmers have used up to five weeks of next winter’s fodder so the yield from late silage cuts will be critical.
Mr Kelly says a number of deadlines on fertiliser application have already been extended and there may be a case for further extension.
He adds that calendar farming has no place in any response to this year’s unique set of circumstances: