Rain, slurry deadlines and housing

fodder

Posted on: 9th October, 2017

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Bursts of heavy rain over the last month has seen grazing conditions across the country compounded with cattle housed in parts.

Farmers in West Cork recorded between 40mm and 50mm of rainfall on Tuesday, September 26.

In Bantry, some 56mm fell on the same night, bringing the September rainfall total so far to 227mm – 50mm more than was experienced in the whole month of September in 2016.

With farmers now beginning to house livestock due to the weather, attention turns to getting slurry out, winter housing and fodder availability.

The deadline for spreading slurry is October 15, however regulations prevent it being spread when there’s periods of heavy rain.

Farmers and contractors are calling for an extension to the deadline, however, given Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme (NAP) review is up for debate by year end, the relevant departments will not be enamoured by farmers calls for an extension.

It brings up the debate yet again of calendar farming and how farming does not operate as so. Should the rain continue into October, cattle will remain housed and the contents of slurry tanks will continue to rise.

For the chemical fertiliser spreading deadline of  September 15 many farmers were active on Twitter saying that calendar farming is unworkable. Similar tweets are expected ahead of the October 15 deadline.

Turning to housing and the advice from the Irish Farmers Journal specialists is that stale, warm air will increase the risk of pneumonia and stocking density should be as low as possible by spreading cattle out across all housing.

No farmer wants to compromise animal health, which could in turn lead to them compromising their income.

While in parts of the north and northwest of the country, fodder is likely to become an issue, in West Cork, it will more than likely be the varying quality of the fodder that will be the only stickler.

Have you done a fodder budget? Will you be comfortable for the winter months? The advice here is the sooner you complete it the better. Given the recent weather, it’s well worth thinking and planning for what you’ll have in the shed going forward.

After fodder, comes thoughts of straw and the inclement weather has affected the trade here too, with talk of straw shortages.

Sourcing straw has become an issue and unless the weather picks up for a short period of time to get straw that is still on the ground baled then there will be problems for farmers here too.

Farmers and contractors alike will be looking for a few windows of opportunity over the coming weeks to get what they can finished before the proper winter sets in.

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Strict visitor restrictions have been put in place with immediate effect at Bantry General Hospital due to the number of patients who have presented with flu like symptoms.

In the interest of patient care and in order to restrict the spread of the flu virus within the hospital, it is necessary with immediate effect to ban all visitors to Bantry General Hospital, with the exception of following: critically ill patients are restricted to one visitor per critically ill patient and confined to visiting times only, and attendance at the Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) and Local Injury Unit (LIU) should only take place if absolutely necessary, only one relative per patient attending these areas.

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People with flu like symptoms are advised to contact their GP by phone in the first instance and avoid presenting at the Emergency Department at Bantry General Hospital.

Bantry hospital staff are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options and keep ED services for the patients who need them most. Others with a less serious illness can be treated by their GP or out of hours GP service where their GP can refer them to an Assessment Unit the following day if required.
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