More than 400 acres of silage is being cut at Shannon Airport in Co Clare.

The silage is being made available to farmers in the region experiencing fodder shortages after the winter and poor spring.

It is the second time in five years that the airport has offered its grass to farmers in light of fodder shortages.

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Cutting and baling began at 10.30am today and will continue this weekend.

The massive site is expected to yield at least 1,000 bales.

Bales are already being transported from the airport and will be distributed to farmers in Clare, Kerry and Tipperary.