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Sheep welfare payments to commence to 20,000 sheep farmers in Ireland

Staff Writer |
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, today announced that 85% advance payments under new Sheep Welfare Scheme are commencing on time this week to all eligible farmers.

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The Scheme is co-funded by the European Union as part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme, 2014-2020.

Minister Creed indicated that: "A total of €16 million will now issue to some 20,000 farmers, providing a significant financial boost to the individual farmers and the sheep sector in general.

"The scheme, which was a key commitment in the Programme for Partnership Government, reflects the commitment of the Government to the sheep sector in Ireland, and will make an important contribution to the sustainability of the sheep sector.

Minister Creed urged any farmers with outstanding queries to respond to the Department immediately in order to facilitate payment.

Advance payments will continue to issue in November as eligibility is confirmed for farmers with outstanding queries, and balancing payments are due to issue in 2018.


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