The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association has appealed to farm inspectors to make allowances for the serious effect the current heavy rainfall is having on farms across the country.

ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin said he is conscious that the Department of Agriculture is obliged to carry out inspections, and that they cannot be cancelled or postponed.

However, he said, meeting the required standard under these weather conditions will be extremely difficult and he hoped that the inspectors recognise this when they visit farms.

Mr Gilmartin said many farmers have re-housed their cattle and land is too wet to spread slurry so tanks are full.

Heavy crops of rushes are also problematic and could mean penalties in an inspection, but the weather at the moment means they cannot be sprayed or cut.