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Frost Damage Forces Farmers to Buy Hay

Farmers in North and East Iceland will likely need to purchase hay in order to keep their sheep fed this winter, due to heavy spring frost, RÚV reports. Sveinbjörn Þór Sigurðsson of Búvellir farm in Aðaldalur, North Iceland says 80-90% of his hayfields were frozen in spring, and dry weather exacerbated the situation.

The tables have turned since 2018, when Icelandic farmers’ hay harvest was so abundant they sold to drought-plagued Norway. This year a cold spring has made haymaking a challenge for many farmers in Iceland.

The weather improved at Búvellir in the summer and Sveinbjörn has managed to make enough hay for his winter supply. Other farmers have not been as lucky, however. Geir Árdal of Dæli farm has had to purchase hay for his livestock. “We’ve bought about 300 bales,” he told reporters. “Of course it’s much better to make hay if you can do it yourself.”

Weather in South and West Iceland has been more favourable: farmers there are not facing hay shortages in those regions this season.

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