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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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PEPS2: Pig farmers must reduce numbers by 10% for support payment  

Pig Payment

Pig farmers can draw down a once-off payment of up to €100,000 under the Pig Exceptional Payment Scheme 2 (PEPS2).

The DAFM states that farmers must nominate one herd in which they wish to make the application in and to which payment applies, to which the 10% reduction of breeding pigs applies and all other criteria.

This nominated herd must have had a minimum level of 200 pigs produced in 2021. These may be pigs sent to slaughter, exported or sold commercially from a breeding herd.

Who can qualify?
  • Be eighteen years or over on the date of submission of the application for participation;
  • Returned a completed National Pig Census 2021 before April 14th, 2022;
  • Be the holder of an active herd number with Herd Owner Status. According to the DAFM, ‘Herd Keeper’ status is not acceptable.
  • Must have produced 200 or more animals from January 1st, 2021, to December 31st, 2021, inclusive. These pigs must have been sent to a slaughtering establishment, exported, or sold commercially from a breeding herd in the required period stated above;
  • Member of Bord Bia Pigmeat Quality Assurance Scheme (PQAS) at the time of application or undertake to apply to be a member of the Bord Bia Pigmeat Quality Assurance Scheme before August 30th, 2022.
  • Have up-to-date quarterly reporting of antimicrobial data to DAFM for 2020, 2021 and Q1 2022 before July 11th, 2022.
  • Have completed a TASAH Pig HealthCheck Biosecurity Review (AHI) between January 1st, 2021 and July 11th, 2022;
  • Have completed a Target Advisory Service for Animal Health (TASAH) Pig HealthCheck Tail Biting Risk Factor Assessment (AHI) between this date also;
  • Demonstrate active participation in the DAFM Pig Welfare Inspection Programme, by scheduling, before July 11th, 2022, their first inspection, or in the case of herds already inspected under the programme, a follow-up inspection where DAFM deems it necessary.

Some conditions:

In respect of the nominated herd, an applicant must, according to the DAFM, remain in pig farmers until August 30th, 2023, and reduce breeding pig numbers by 10% in the herd to which payment applied as compared to the National Pig Census 2021 return for that herd.

Payment rates

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According to the DAFM, there will be a total of fourteen payment rates, ranging from €7,500-€100,000 under this scheme.

Number of pigs produced in 2021 Payment Rate
6,501 and over €100,000
6,001 – 6,500 €90,000
5,501- 6,000 €82,500
5,001 to 5,500 €75,000
4,501 to 5,000 €67,500
4,001 to 4,500 €60,000
3,501 to 4,000 €52,500
3,001 to 3,500 €45,000
2,501 to 3,000 €37,500
2,001 to 2,500 €30,000
1,501 to 2,000 €22,500
1,001 to 1,500 €15,000
501 to 1,000 €7,500
200 to 500 €3,000


Applications opened on June 13th, 2022, and will close on July 11th, 2022.

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