ICSA urges suckler farmers to complete welfare courses
Up to 5,000 farmers must complete the mandatory training course for the Suckler Welfare Scheme (SWS) this week or risk losing all payments received under the programme to date.
A series of courses have been organised by Teagasc this week to give farmers a final opportunity to do the training.
Courses take place at marts in Athenry tomorrow (10am and 2.30pm), Kanturk on Thursday (10am and 2.30pm) and on Friday in Carnaross (10am and 2.30pm) and Kilkenny (2.30pm).
ICSA suckler chairman Brendan McLaughlin warned farmers that those who did not do the training course risked losing their SWS payments.
"ICSA is concerned that some of the 5,000 farmers will lose out if they don't get the course done," Mr McLaughlin said.
Mr McLaughlin also called on the Government to recognise the importance of the scheme to suckler farmers ahead of the Budget.
Farmers involved in the SWS receive a €40/hd payment on suckler cows.