NFU urges farmers to sign up for fodder bank scheme.

THE NFU is urging farmers who have been affected by the low levels of rain this year to take advantage of its fodder bank scheme.

The free online service, now in its fourth year, is designed to help farmers with shortages and surpluses of cattle feed and bedding.

With concerns over the amount of rainfall in 2011, which included the driest March in 50 years, the NFU hopes members will take full advantage of the service to appeal for stocks or list what they have to sell.

NFU farm inputs adviser Peter Garbutt said: “The fodder bank service was launched after experiencing some of the wettest summers in history, but it was equally effective during the water shortage last year.

“After a dry start to 2011, we hope members use this free service to help off-load any surplus requirements which others are so desperate for during this difficult spell.”

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