Deering Welcomes Announcement of Payment of Sheep Welfare Scheme Balancing Payments

27th April, 2018

Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Fine Gael TD for Carlow, Pat Deering, welcomed today’s announcement that balancing payments under the new Sheep Welfare Scheme are commencing this week to all eligible farmers.  The Scheme is co-funded by the European Union as part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme, 2014-2020.

Deputy Deering stated: “in mid-November the Department began issuing 85% advance payments under the Sheep Welfare Scheme to farmers across the country including Carlow.  Today my colleague, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, TD, confirmed the 15% balancing payments under the Sheep Welfare Scheme will now commence on schedule.”
The rollout of balancing payments brings the total paid under the Sheep Welfare Scheme to almost €19 million nationally to some 20,000 farmers, providing a significant financial boost to the Carlow farmers, the sheep sector in general and the wider rural economy in the county.

Deering added “this new scheme, which was first announced in Budget 2017, reflects the commitment of this Government to the sheep sector in Ireland.  Given the difficulties experienced by Carlow sheep farmers over the past number of months, the issuing of this new payment over the Winter and Spring of 2017/2018 is timely and has provided a welcome additional stream of income to sheep farmers which was not previously available.”

Deputy Deering concluded by urging any farmers with outstanding queries to respond to the Department immediately in order to facilitate payment. Payments will continue to issue on an ongoing basis as eligibility is confirmed for farmers with outstanding queries.