FARMER Paddy Donnelly said that budget cuts to agriculture will cost him more than €2,200 next year.
The beef and sheep farmer from Mullingar, Co Westmeath, says he'll be down €1,600 a year thanks to cuts to the suckler cow welfare scheme. He'll also lose €300 a year on the sheep grassland scheme and €300 from cuts to the disadvantaged areas scheme.
Mr Donnelly joined about 150 farmers protesting outside the Department of Agriculture yesterday. "I'm just a typical farmer and it hasn't got much attention yet," he said.
The Irish Farmers Association said there was anger at the failure to safeguard low-income farmers, with cuts to the Farm Assist income supplement scheme also hitting many.
The Farm Assist scheme pays out €188 a week to farmers with very low earnings, but budget changes will make it much harder to pass the means test for the payment.
Low-income farmers felt particularly singled out, said IFA president John Bryan.