Belfast Telegraph

Farmers bearing the brunt

By Lindsay Fergus

Farmers are bearing the brunt of the big freeze as snow and temperatures as low as -10C wreak havoc across the countryside.

The severe ongoing weather conditions have left many icy, rural roads impassable.

This has resulted in the prevention of milk being collected from dairy farms and animal feed being delivered.

The freezing conditions are also causing problems with water supplies for the farming community.

Expressing concerns about the fate of the farming community during the current wintry conditions, Ulster Farmers Union president Graham Furey said: “We have had reports of water supplies being disrupted and it is a concern to us that in some instances animal feed lorries and milk tankers have not been able to reach farm yards because rural roads were unpassable.”

In light of the current cold snap, the UFU has held meetings with Road Service and urged it to do all it can to keep rural roads open, as well as ensuring main routes are regularly gritted.

Belfast Telegraph