Farmers in West Country hit by bad weather

Livestock farmers are facing extra costs from keeping their animals inside Photo: ITV News West Country

Farmers across the Westcountry say months of bad weather is causing havoc for the industry. Only 5% of this years early potato crop has been planted because of the sodden ground.

It means there's likely to be a supply shortage in the early summer. Cauliflower crops normally harvested at this time of year have also been damaged by the wet soil.

Only 5% of this years early potato crop has been planted Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

We haven't been able to plant any of our Cornish Early potatoes yet, and if you look under the cauliflowers some are just surrounded by water.

– David Wallis, Arable Farmer from Penzance

Livestock farmers are also facing extra costs from keeping their animals inside when they would normally be out in the fields. Some are spending hundreds of pounds in extra feed, hay and straw.