Farmers on the island of Anglesey in Wales who are short of winter fodder are to be given a “helping hand” by the Farmers’ Union of Wales and planet operator firm Horizon.
According to the two groups after a “disastrous harvest” earlier in the year, caused by the severe drought, the window of good weather in recent weeks has come as a “lifeline” for hundreds of farmers and their animals.
In response to this Horizon will be donating a limited number of bales of silage from its Wylfa Newydd site to farmers who live and farm on Anglesey. To be eligible farmers will need to meet specified criteria, agreed between Horizon, FUW, RABI, FCN, and have to prove that their farm is below 250 acres.
FUW Anglesey CEO Alaw Jones said: “Allowing desperately needed additional crops of silage to be taken ahead of the autumn and winter but farmers are not out of the woods yet. So this is a great example of a successful company supporting farmers in their local community and I hope that those who are struggling will take up the offer.”
Euros Jones, the FUW’s second CEO on Anglesey, added: “Once the application window is closed, all bales will be shared on a pro-rata basis, based on acreage and bales will need to be collected from the site on a specified date and time. Those arrangements will be made by the FUW at the end of November. We are really grateful to have the support of Horizon.”