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Department relief as 27,000 farmers sign up to suckler scheme

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The new suckler scheme has a front-loaded payment on the first 10 cows

The new suckler scheme has a front-loaded payment on the first 10 cows

The new suckler scheme has a front-loaded payment on the first 10 cows

Farm organisations and the Department of Agriculture have breathed a sigh of relief as over 27,000 farmers have signed up to a new suckler scheme.

There had been significant concern that the scheme would be undersubscribed, with farmers initially slow in sending in applications.

Farm organisations had hailed the scheme as the most straightforward intervention coming from the Department in many years.

The new suckler scheme has a front-loaded payment on the first 10 cows whereby a participant can draw down €900 or €90 per cow/calf.

Included in the make-up of the scheme are weighing, welfare measures and supplementary meal feeding pre- and post-weaning.

Meanwhile, 129,006 farmers applied to the Basic Payment Scheme before the deadline closed last Friday. Negotiations in Brussels are ongoing regarding the future of EU farm payments after 2021.

Efforts to a agree a seven-year budget for the union are logjammed in disagreements between countries seeking more spending and those believing a smaller budget is needed following the departure of the UK.

It is likely to be several months before farmers have clarity on their payments in 2021.

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