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Some farmers forced to use up winter fodder supplies.  Photo: dageldog/Getty Images

Straw prices soar, piling pressure on N.Europe livestock farmers

In some areas straw now more expensive than grains

Hamburg | London | Reuters – Livestock and dairy farmers across northern Europe are paying soaring prices for straw used in food and bedding for cattle, as hot, dry weather across the region reduces crops. The higher bills put further pressure on farmers already facing one of their toughest summers ever; many have had to

Farmer John Sheridan opens a gate on a farm which straddles both borders where the gate marks the exact border between Ireland and Northern Ireland between County Cavan and County Fermanagh near Florencecourt, Northern Ireland on Nov. 30. (Clodagh Kilcoyne photo for Reuters)

Farmers demand invisible Irish border, post-Brexit

Florencecourt, Northern Ireland | Reuters — Northern Irish sheep farmers like John Sheridan collectively transport more than 1,000 lambs a day over the Irish border for slaughter and shipment to shoppers across the European Union. At the moment, the process is seamless. But Sheridan sees a threat to his life’s work, his family’s future and