An Irish MEP says she hopes the Agriculture Minister puts fodder importation plans in place sooner rather than later.
Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness says extreme weather conditions including drought are impacting on farmers across Europe.
The MEP for Midlands North West says the difficult year is a reason to increase the CAP budget rather than cut it; that is something she will be raising at the EU Agriculture Committee at the end of the month.
Mairead McGuinness says all farmers need to look at their individual situations now to ensure they have plans in place for the coming winter.
She told Agritime there will be extra demand for fodder across Europe.