At last, there’s a touch of spring in the air, with warmer temperatures arriving and a less harsh breeze blowing. The improved weather comes a little too late for some, farmers are running out of fodder and we heard last week that there was a waiting list of a few days for feed supplies for cattle.
Silage and roughage has had to be imported from the United Kingdom, which of course has had its own weather issues to deal with also. Some farmers in County Waterford, we’ve been reliably informed, have seen their animals die, in some instances, because they simply cannot afford to feed them.
Similarly, other sectors of the economy have also been negatively impacted by the poor weather. Retailers in the city, who have been finding the going tough anyway, have now been hit with surplus stocks of goods especially in the clothing sector given that we’ve effectively had 10 months of winter.