17 Aug 2022

Revealed: Number of Kilkenny sheep farmers who received €10 for each eligible ewe

The Sheep Welfare Scheme provides support of €10 per eligible ewe to farmers undertaking defined actions which make a positive contribution to flock welfare...

Fianna Fáil's Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture on the number of sheep farmers and the number of applications to the Sheep Welfare Scheme.

He also for the the number of approved applications; the number of applications that did not meet the scheme's criteria; the number of persons who withdrew from the scheme after being approved; the number of persons who have been approved for their 85% advance payments and the number of persons who have been issued a payment to date, by county.

The figures revealed that there are 521 sheep farmers in Kilkenny, according to "the 2016 Sheep Census returns". 

In Kilkenny, there were 330 applications under the sheep welfare scheme and six were withdrawn. 

The total number of applications not meeting the scheme criteria came to 33 with 291 applications approved in the county and 291 paid, according to Minister Michael Creed's written response. 

SWS provides support of €10/ewe to farmers undertaking defined actions which make a positive contribution to flock welfare.

Minister Creed said a variety of cases are included in the category of applications "not meeting scheme criteria". 

Some of these may qualify for payment once the issue with the application has been rectified, while others are ineligible for payment. 

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