'Emergency food drops' for livestock in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's agriculture minister Michelle O' Neill has said her department is trying to coordinate emergency air drops of livestock feed to help farmers, UTV reports.

She said she had requested urgent helicopter support from the Secretary of State to enable the drops.

Sheep grazing in snow in County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Sheep grazing in snow in County Antrim, Northern Ireland Credit: UTV

Sean Scullion, a farmer from Glenarm in County Antrim, warned that "tens of thousands of animals" could perish in the fields and that urgent action was needed.

Some farmers have said they stand to lose 90% of their livestock to the cold weather
Some farmers have said they stand to lose 90% of their livestock to the cold weather Credit: UTV

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Big freeze 'for another month'

The Met Office has warned the freezing weather could last until the end of April, suggesting that temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages until the latter part of next month. Hundreds are facing a sixth day without power in Scotland.