See what farmers need to do to get €10/ewe in the new sheep scheme
Key details of the Department of Agriculture's €10/ewe Sheep Welfare Scheme have emerged following a meeting between the IFA and Department officials this week.
IFA National Sheep Committee delegation, led by Chairman John Lynskey described the new scheme as a very positive development for the sheep sector and he welcomed the recent announcement in the Budget by Agriculture Minister Creed providing €25m funding for the scheme.
He said the next step is to finalise the arrangements on the scheme with the EU Commission in Brussels.
The IFA sheep farmer leader said he expects the scheme will be finalised before year-end, clearing the way for an early application.
He said it is very important that the maximum number of sheep farmers apply for the scheme and all of the €25m funding is drawn down and paid out to sheep farmers. €25m provides funding for up to 2.5m ewes.
Details of the options outlined by the Department of Agriculture
The scheme will be based on the animal welfare measure in the Rural Development Programme, which allows for a payment per head.
Sheep farmers will have nine different options in total and it is proposed they will be divided into two categories, with farmers required to choose an option from each category.