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.
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.
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|
|5,001 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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