Farmers in Sligo have expressed their appreciation to farmers in north Tipperary for the donation of a large consignment of silage.

They say it will help them feed their animals as a fodder crisis caused by bad weather continues to worsen in the northwest.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he will continue to monitor the situation through a feedback group chaired by Teagasc, which is scheduled to meet for a second time next Monday.

The minister said the folder action group was convened a month ago in order to ensure a coordinated approach to the issue of fodder availability in affected areas of the northwest.

It is being chaired by Teagasc and features all the main stakeholders, including feed merchants and co-ops, banking and farm bodies.

The group's objective is to actively monitor the fodder situation and to ensure coordinated expertise and guidance is available to affected farmers.

These may include sourcing alternative feed, advice on nutrition needs and options, reducing non-breeding stock numbers and ensuring they continue to carry out fodder budgeting.

Teagasc advisers working with the support of the group are focusing on those farmers who have already flagged that they may have fodder issues. It says it wants to help them successfully plan for the remainder of the winter.