Twelve of the country's most powerful dairy and livestock co-operatives have been asked to pool their resources together in a bid to help farmers pay for extra feedstuffs and concentrates.

The President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association has claimed the bad weather of the last three months has cost Irish dairy farmers €200,000 in additional feed stocks for cattle.

Pat O'Rourke met representatives from Connacht Gold, Lakeland Dairies and ten other dairy and livestock co-ops from the north half of the country in Longford this afternoon.