Galway Bay fm newsroom:
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced an immediate review of fodder supplies and identification of possible measures to increase fodder availability.
This follows a meeting of Department officials with Teagasc and the main co-ops that took place last week and is convened to meet again tomorrow, 4th April, following what has been a difficult weekend.
This group is ensuring a co-ordinated approach to the issue and will also look at the availability of fodder including possible recourse to the option of imports, should it be required.
Minister Creed says where there had been regional difficulties with fodder availability previously, the recent poor weather, coupled with poor grass growth has delayed turnout of animals across the country, and this is putting pressure on fodder supplies across a number of regions.
Department of Agriculture officials met with Teagasc and the major co-operatives last week to ensure co-ordinated advisory support for farmers.”
IFA President Joe Healy says the weather over the Easter Weekend has left farmers reeling at a time when they needed a period of good weather to get things moving.
Joe Healy, who runs his own farm in Athenry, says the situation is close to a national emergency.
He has been stressing the need for for supports for farmers following unprecedented weather events in recent months.
7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,050 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Friday 27th November, the HPSC has been notified of 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 137 are men / 104 are women
- 71% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 32 years old
- 91 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 16 in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.
As of 2pm today 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
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WIP Concern over how major backlog of BreastCheck appointments at UHG will be addressed
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Concern is being expressed over how the HSE will deal with a major backlog for BreastCheck appointments at UHG.
It follows the revelation that there’s been an 80 percent drop in screenings due to Covid-19.
The figures were provided at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West following a query from Councillor Donagh Killilea.
They showed that figures dropped from 10,700 screen last year at UHG – to just 2,200 so far this year up to the end of October.
There’s now a major backlog, with the HSE admitting that 150,000 screening invitations were paused between March and October.
While BreastCheck services have now resumed, they are running at limited capacity – though the HSE says it is working to maximise capacity and recruit more staff
Report highlights vulnerability of Ferox trout in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask
New research has revealed the vulnerability of a rare species of trout found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.
Ferox trout are large, long-lived fish eating trout that are believed to be genetically distinct from normal brown trout.
They are normally found in deep lakes, and the great majority of Irish specimen Ferox trout have been found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.
A new scientific paper has been published which studied the Ferox trout in these lakes and sought to discover their spawning location.
Researchers found that over 90 percent of Ferox trout tagged in Lough Corrib spawned in a single spawn streaming, the Cong River.
While over 70 percent of those tagged in Lough Mask spawned in the Cong Canal and Cong River.
Dr. Paddy Gargan with Inland Fisheries Ireland says the findings show the vulnerability of the species – but he believes they do now have increased protection.