The purpose of the DAS Derogation application is to allow farmers to apply for eligibility under the 2012 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme if their stocking density in 2011 was less than 0.3 livestock units per hectare for reasons outside their control,including ' force majeure' and exceptional circumstances.
Applicants can apply under one or more of the following categories if they consider they meet the eligibility criteria for that category.
Category 1: Farmers with a lower stocking density as a result of adherence to an agrienvironment or similar type of plan.
The types of agri-environment plans include REPS plans, AEOS plans, Commonage Framework De-stocking plans, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) environmental plan or any relevant agri-environment plan that restricts stocking on part or all of a farmer's holding. A copy of the relevant Agri-Environment Plan should accompany the application.
Category 2: Farmers whose stocking levels were restricted by the poor land productivity and constraints that they are farming under. The lands in question could include the following categories: Blanket bog, moorland, land above the 400 feet contour line, Natura 2000
land, (SACs, SPAs), high nature value land, mountain type grazing and offshore islands.
The applicant should include details of the designation of the land, the area in hectares and the current level of stocking in the section at Part 3 of the application form.
It is important to note that In order to be eligible under Categories 1 or 2, a farmer must maintain a herd or flock over the entire year.
Category 3: This category is for farmers who took over a farm either immediately before or during 2011 following the
death of the previous owner. Farmers applying under this category must submit a copy of the death certificate of the previous owner with the application:
Category 4: This category is for farmers whose livestock were affected by an epizootic disease - in other words any
disease that affected a large number of animals in one place at one time.
If applying under this category veterinary evidence and/or laboratory reports, or relevant documents that are obtainable from your District Veterinary Office must be included with the application
Category 5: New Entrants: A new entrant must have commenced farming in their own right and at their own risk since 1 January 2010.
Category 6: Miscellaneous, This category is for farmers who consider their particular circumstance is not covered in the categories set out above, e.g farmers who were occupationally incapacitated as a result of an illness and/or hospitalisation.
If applying under this category because of illnessrelated circumstances, the following documents must be submitted with the application:
a) medical evidence, which clearly outlines the nature and duration of the illness and how it affected the farming enterprise:
b) evidence of hospitalisation ( if applicable), which clearly outlines the reason for hospitalisation and the duration.
Completed application forms must be returned before this Friday, August 31. Affected farmers have been notified in the past few weeks.