Department makes sheep payments
Payments under the Grassland Sheep Scheme were made to a further 1,170 sheep farmers by the Department of Agriculture on Thursday.
This latest raft of payments brings the total paid under the scheme to €18.04m, distributed to 27,123 farmers.
Hill sheep farmers up to 20ha received €28.05/ha in payments, while those with 20-84ha received €23.38/ha. Lowland sheep farmers eligible for the scheme received €65.45/ha.
Department officials confirmed that all eligible applicants under the scheme have now been paid.
Meanwhile, Teagasc has reported significant interest from sheep farmers in the midlands and southeast in becoming part of its BETTER farm sheep programme.
Head of sheep advisory services Michael McHugh said the organisation was looking for four farmers who wanted to improve their farm profitability and were willing to use the latest technology and management practices. The four farms would be in addition to the six existing BETTER sheep farms in Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Wicklow, Roscommon and Kerry.
"The farmers must be willing to open up their farms for discussion groups and other public events and share their experience and progress," Mr McHugh said.