The Minster for Agriculture has urged farmers to take steps to protect their livestock during the hot weather today and in the coming days.

Minister Charlie McConalogue said that while the recent good weather is welcomed by the farming community, it must be remembered that high temperatures can cause significant stress for livestock.

He said that it is important that farmers consider the extra steps needed to take care of their animals in these circumstances, making them comfortable and avoiding serious health and welfare problems arising due to the heat

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