The Irish Farmers' Association has called on the Government to intervene to try to speed up the delivery of fodder relief from France.

The IFA said it has sourced thousands of bales of hay but is experiencing serious difficulties with transport of the fodder to Ireland.

Speaking in Co Roscommon, IFA president John Bryan said that falling temperatures in the last week had stalled the growth of grass on land.

He said hundreds of farmers were still facing severe fodder shortage and the Government had to act quickly to get the hay delivered from France.