Department warns farmers to submit parasite control details to ensure payment under Sheep Welfare Scheme
The Department of Agriculture has written to farmers who choose Parasite Control under the Sheep Welfare Scheme to ensure they submit key information.
For this action, scheme participants with lowland flocks must carry out a minimum of 2 Faecal Egg Counts per annum on lambs to establish the worm burden.
This enables applicants to then make an informed decision in relation to a dosing regime to ensure treatment of internal parasites is carried out on a targeted basis.
Under the terms and conditions of the scheme, for lowland flocks this action must be carried out by a laboratory which has been approved by the Department and be completed between June 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017.
The Department is now extending this deadline to Friday, October 13, 2017.
The scheme provides support of €10 per ewe to farmers for undertaking actions which make a positive contribution to flock welfare.
Under the scheme farmers will be required to choose actions which can improve the overall welfare of a flock. These actions will be chosen from a menu from which farmers must choose two actions based on whether the farmer has a lowland flock or hill flock.
These actions must be completed over a 12 month period. In return the farmer will receive a payment of €10 per breeding ewe, depending on the average number of ewes held on their farm in the years 2014 and 2015.