There has been a significant rise in the number animals who have died on farms in Clare this year.
At a time when farmers have been faced with a fodder shortage, the Department of Agriculture says more animals have died on Clare farms in each month from January to March, when compared with the same months last year.
In March alone, the number of such deaths stood at over 1,700, 27% higher than last year.
However, the Department has stressed that the figures don’t account for any changes in the herd population, and has warned that the figures may not be an appropriate comparison.
Cratloe-based General Secretary of the ICSA Eddie Punch says while farmers work hard on their livestock, it’s been a very difficult period of late.