The hot , dry weather is impacting severely on all farmers according to IFA President, Galway based farmer Joe Healy.

He says the lack of rain is now adding to farmers’ stress and to their costs.

Grass growth is now estimated at a third of the normal rate for this time of year.

A Status Yellow drought advisory is in place by Met Éireann, warning of drought or near-drought conditions for the entire country. The advisory was issued last weekend and is in place until next Friday.

Mr Healy has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the severity of the present weather conditions on farmers

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