Roscommon sheep farmers encouraged to apply for €10 Ewe Sheep Scheme

Mr. Michael Glennon, Roscommon IFA Sheep Chairman, has welcomed the statement from the Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed at the IFA AGM in Dublin that he would encourage all sheep farmers with ewes to apply for the new €10 per ewe sheep welfare scheme negotiated by IFA. The closing date for application to the scheme is 31st of January.

  Mr. Glennon said there are strong farmer attendances at Department of Agriculture meetings on the scheme around the country and very positive interest in the scheme. He said the IFA is strongly encouraging all sheep farmers with ewes to make an application under the scheme as soon as possible.

  Mr. Glennon said the Department of Agriculture has confirmed to the IFA that sheep farmers may use ewe lambs from the previous year, once they are over 12 months of age, to qualify as replacement for ewes applied on under the scheme at inspection time.

  He said farmers who apply on ewes in January, may replace those ewes with ewe lambs once they reach 12 months of age, and maintain eligible numbers in the scheme. He said, in general, this would be in the spring time following the main lambing season.

  The Department needs to adopt a flexible approach in this area, especially for farmers breeding their own replacements.