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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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New tool to calculate your direct payments in 2023

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has launched a payment calculator and a stocking rate calculator to help inform farmers of the changes in the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2023-2027.

The payment calculator allows farmers to calculate their indicative direct payments in 2023, including payment entitlement values.

CAP payment calculator 

To complete the payment calculator, a farmer will require the following information:

  • Number of hectares;
  • Number of entitlements;
  • Your BPS and greening value per entitlement.

Farmers can use the stocking rate calculator to calculate stocking rates in terms of Livestock Unit and Kgs of Organic Nitrogen per Hectare.

To complete the stocking rate calculator, you will need the following information:

  • Total area in grassland and tillage you will farm this year;
  • Expected livestock numbers and age per month this year.

Farmers can access the calculators through the DAFM’s website. They can also access step by step guides on the same webpage.

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Meetings on draft CAP Strategic Plan

This month, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will host a series of nationwide in-person public information meetings and an online webinar about Ireland’s draft CAP Strategic Plan.

These public meetings will provide information about changes to direct payments.

These include:

  • Entitlements;
  • Active farmer checks;
  • Agricultural activity;
  • Land eligibility changes;
  • Stocking rates;
  • Eco-schemes;
  • Details on the new Agri-Environmental Climate Measure (AECM);
  • Organic farming.

The meeting will also cover other important information that farmers need to know now so that they can best prepare for 2023.


All meetings will take place from 8pm to 9.30pm.

Date Venue
Thursday, March 3rd Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, County Westmeath
Tuesday, March 8th Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, County Cork
Wednesday, March 9th Killarney Convention Centre, Killarney, County Kerry
Thursday, March 10th Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, County Cork
Monday, March 14th Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel, County Tipperary
Tuesday, March 15th Online Webinar – register at
Monday, March 21st Talbot Hotel Wexford, County Wexford
Tuesday, March 22nd TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, County Mayo
Wednesday, March 23rd The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim
Thursday, March 24th Shearwater Hotel and Spa Hotel, Ballinasloe, County Galway
Monday, March 28th Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow, County Carlow
Tuesday, March 29th Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan
Wednesday, March 30th Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, County Donegal


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