Help for farmers is a priority

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HELP for farmers affected by the snow is a priority of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA).

It is logging calls from farmers in need of emergency help as a result of the weather conditions and will attempt to match them with offers of assistance.

DEFA recognised that the farming community is doing its best to rally round and that its offer of help is to assist with efforts already underway.

Urgent needs include animal feed and shelter for stock, said the department.

Many farmers have had buildings damaged by the weight of snow and need to find shelter for their animals. Also stock in snow bound fields need feeding to help them survive the current conditions.

Offers of help can be made by phoning 685844. Similarly, any farmers who need help can call the same number.

Timing is of the essence to protect stock especially as lambing is well underway, said DEFA, which added that it is working with the Manx National Farmers’ Union to make the best possible use of resources at this difficult time.

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