Make Hay While the Sun Shines – Deputy Michael Healy Rae

Deputy Michael Healy Rae is appealing to Minister Creed for an immediate act of faith and charity for hay-making farmers.
©Photograph: John Reidy

Michael Healy Rae, TD is today calling on Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to allow farmers who are involved in the GLAS scheme to cut hay this week.

The Kilgarvan deputy wants the minister to lift the ban that is currently there and which dictates that farmers cannot cut hay until 1st July.

Sign up to GLAS
When farmers sign up to the GLAS scheme they agree to the criteria that they cannot cut hay until the 1st July and most years this not an issue but this year is very different.

A Bad Start

“We have had such a bad start to this year and have had a huge fodder crisis and we usually don’t get the opportunity to cut hay in this country,” said Deputy Healy Rae.

Avail of the Weather

“No one should be stopped from cutting hay this week as it is the best opportunity to make hay and it is ridiculous to think that some farmers cannot avail of this weather.
Immediate Announcement

“I’m pleading with the Minister to make an immediate announcement to allow farmers to cut hay and to over-ride the 1st July GLAS scheme rule, as we have no idea what weather we will have next week,” Deputy Healy Rae concluded.


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