Fodder bank for farmers facing winter shortages

THE NFU is reminding farmers about its fodder bank service after one of the worst summers on record which has left many people concerned about shortages over the winter.

THE NFU is reminding farmers about its fodder bank service after one of the worst summers on record which has left many people concerned about shortages over the winter.

The scheme is designed to put members with either excesses or shortages of cattle feed and bedding in touch with each other. The free online initiative has now been running for five years.

NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe said: “Farmers across the country are experiencing problems with both the quantity and quality of forage made this year on farm and with the continued high prices for purchased feed.

“I hope members will take full advantage of the service to appeal for stocks or list any fodder they have to sell.”

Robin Milton, NFU Uplands Group chairman, said: “With this year seeing the wettest summer in over a century, some of our farmers are having to take drastic steps to reduce stocking levels to deal with a lack of winter fodder.

“Any help to identify surplus forage will be useful to those farmers with low supplies.”

NFU members should visit www.nfuonline.com/fodderbank.

 

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