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Cash boost for sheep farmers

Balancing payments under year 3 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme have commenced, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has confirmed today (Friday, May 15th).

He stated that the payment, which amounts to €1.82M, is a welcome financial support at this time when farmers are “facing challenging circumstances”.

Minister Creed stated: “I am happy to confirm that the issuing of the 15% balancing payments under the Sheep Welfare Scheme has now commenced.:

€16m to some 18,500 farmers

The commencement of the balancing payments brings the total paid under year 3 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme to €16 million to some 18,500 farmers. 

The Minister concluded by urging farmers with outstanding queries to respond to the Department immediately in order to facilitate payment.

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Payments will continue to issue on an ongoing basis as eligibility is confirmed for farmers with outstanding queries, the Department stated.

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

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