With straw shortages reported across the country, some 250 farmers eagerly signed up to a Knowledge Transfer-approved (KT) event on bedding alternatives, that took place on 13 September at Pallaskenry Agricultural College.

The Teagasc-run event looked at the pros and cons of alternative bedding, such as sawdust and woodchip, and even pulled out a bale of rushes for farmers to assess for themselves what kind of bedding it would make.