• A National Fodder Helpline has been set up by Teagasc to help farmers through the current fodder crisis.

    It says they can phone or text 087 7971377 to speak to a Teagasc person for assistance over the weekend.

    It says silage supplies must be stretched over the next three weeks, and normal daily silage feeding can be reduced in half by limiting the silage offered.

    Fodder Clinics have been held in most of Teagasc's 50 offices around the country over the last few days.