The National Farmers' Union is urging farmers who have seen forage yields hit by the poor weather in 2012 to take advantage of its Fodder Bank scheme. 

The free online service was launched over five years ago by the union, and has been effective in both exceptionally wet and dry years. It is designed to help farmers with shortages and surpluses of cattle feed and bedding. “Farmers across the country are experiencing problems with both the quantity and quality of forage made this year on farm and with the continued high prices for purchased feed," said National Farmers' Union livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe. "I hope that members will take full advantage of the service to appeal for stocks or list any fodder they have to sell.”