“A bigger and improved Sheep Welfare Scheme contingency be tip of a bulletin for a new Minister for Agriculture – Barry Cowen.”
This is according to a sheep chair of a Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) Sean McNamara.
The Sheep Welfare Scheme will pull to a tighten during a finish of this year. For a intrigue to be grown and continue in 2021 we contingency devise for this immediately. There can be no doubt, however, that a bill for a intrigue will need to be increasing significantly.
“The ICSA is proposing that an increasing remuneration of €30/ewe could be achieved with a further of several bolt-on measures to a scheme.
“The intrigue has worked good though we know there are additional tasks that could be introduced to clear such an increase,” he noted.
“Wool is now a loss-making craving for sheep farmers. As nap prices tumble ever lower, it has turn an animal gratification emanate and contingency tumble underneath a Sheep Welfare Scheme in future.
“The branding of sheep and sheep dipping contingency also be included.”
The sheep zone has not perceived a courtesy it deserves. This will have to change. Sheep farmers have never perceived any well-developed assist during new tough times, distinct their dairy and beef counterparts.
“The ICSA has regularly looked for a Beef Exceptional Aid Measure [BEAM] form intrigue for sheep and this contingency still be given clever consideration,” he concluded.
30% of sheep farms earning reduction than €5,000
The calls for improvements to a Sheep Welfare Scheme were highlighted by a consult carried out by Teagasc into gain on sheep farms in 2019.
Over 30% of sheep farms warranted reduction than €5,000 in 2019, according to a Teagasc National Farm Survey.
However, a consult indicated that normal sheep rancher income increasing by 9% to €14,603 in 2019. Just over 14,300 sheep farms were represented in a survey.
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