Thirty-one companies paid an average SFP of €156,000
A KILKENNY-based vegetable growing operation earned €323,549 in Single Farm Payments (SFP) last year according to the latest Department of Agriculture figures on SFPs to incorporated bodies in 2013.
The O'Shea family operation based in Piltown was joined by six other companies that all got well over €200,000 each.
Many are household names within the farming community, such as beef barons Larry Goodman and the Keating family.
However, companies such as Branganstown Farms at Castlebellingham in Co Louth that received close to €250,000 in farm subsidies last year are not as well known.
In all, the Department of Agriculture website lists 31 separate companies that received more than €100,000 in what is termed 'European Agricultural Guarantee Fund direct payments in 2013'.
However, it appears that some families appear twice on the list, such as the Whooleys from Derrinkealig, who in addition to their plant hire and construction businesses, collect two SFP totalling just shy of €225,000 on separate farms in west Cork and Galway.
The average SFP for this elite group of 31 was over €156,000.
Cork had by far the most farms in the list, with over 100 companies claiming over €5m in SFPs in 2013.