SHANNON Airport will begin cutting silage at its 400 acre site tomorrow in an intervention aimed at easing the fodder crisis for local farmers.

The tractors will start rolling in at 10am.

The airport made the offer to cut the grass when it met with farmers’ representatives last week and have been in ongoing conversations since.

A decision was made earlier this week to, weather permitting, press ahead with the grass cutting and in light of tomorrow’s positive forecast, it will commence in the morning.

Five years ago, in late April, farmers received 1,600 bales of silage from the airport in what was then the most severe fodder crisis in living memory.

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