While the DAFM has confirmed August 2nd, 2022, as the deadline for the Fodder Support Scheme (FSS), farmers can still apply after this date, but payment deductions will occur.
That is according to the DAFM, which has confirmed a 25-calendar day period after the above date for the acceptance of late applications.
However, deductions to payments at a rate of 1% per working day in respect of FSS will apply to late applications which the DAFM receives.
Except in cases of force majeure/exceptional circumstances, it will not accept applications after the 25-calender day period has ended.
The DAFM has designed the scheme to incentivise farmers to grow sufficient grass and conserve fodder (silage and/or hay) for the 2022 winter to reduce the risk of potential animal welfare issues occurring as a result of the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February and its impact on agricultural input prices.
The €56m scheme aims to provide support up to a maximum of 10 hectares per eligible applicant (herd number).
In the event of it being oversubscribed, the DAFM will reduce the payment rate for all hectares or
“maintain” the rate of €100/hectare on the first few hectares and “reduce it on the latter hectares”.
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The DAFM has, in recent days, answered some key questions relating to its Fodder Support Scheme 2022.
The scheme is open to farmers who:
- Submitted a BPS application in 2022 and;
- Not, as of May 16th, 2022, in a milk supply contract.
According to the DAFM, grassland declared on the applicant’s 2022 BPS is eligible for the scheme.
All applicants must cut and conserve the silage and/or hay from the grassland parcels they have entered in the Fodder Support Scheme by Monday, September 5th, 2022.
According to the DAFM, at least 5% of applications will be subject to on-farm inspections (up to 48 hours’ notice). The selected cases will be a combination of random and risk-based.
Read more frequently asked questions.