Farm Ireland

Thursday 23 November 2017

Do you need to have sheep to get a grant for sheep fencing?

Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

There were some significant clarifications on the Department of Agriculture’s Sheep fencing scheme late last week.

According to IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady, the clarification will allow the acceptance of most of the farmers who had received rejection letters over the past number of weeks.

It has been clarified that farmers must show proof that a minimum of either 40 ewes or store lambs are on their holding before they will receive approval for payment under the TAMS II sheep fencing scheme. 

Joe Brady said “when the TAMS II Sheep Fencing Scheme was introduced in early June, farmers who applied, and who did not have sheep, were not told that their farm had to have sheep at time of application for the TAMS grant.

“When these farmers were being assessed for eligibility, they were rejected on the basis that they did not have sheep at time of application, even though they planned to get into sheep.

“In a submission to the Department of Agriculture, IFA called for provision to be made for new entrants to sheep farming, as well as farmers who have commonage and have to keep sheep for the sustainable stocking level required.”

Sheep Fencing Scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed announced the inclusion of Sheep Fencing in the list of eligible investments items in TAMS II in June.

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Applicants can apply online immediately in the current tranche for Sheep Fencing which is included in the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme, The Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme and the Organic Scheme. 

Reference costs

  • The reference cost applicable is €5.34 per linear metre for sheep mesh with one strand of wire.
  • For those who qualify in mountain areas the rate per linear metre of sheep mesh with one strand of wire is €8.01.
  • Gateways will also be granted aided and the reference cost is €299.00 per gateway.

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