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Doyle announces 2019 payment of advance payments for Organic Farming Scheme

on Tuesday, 10 December 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Payments for farmers in the Organic Farming Scheme have commenced.

. Payments to the value of approximately €6.1 million have already been made to almost 1,300 farmers, commencing at the end of November. Payments will continue to be made to farmers between now and the end of the year.  

The Minister commented “I am delighted to announce that advance payments commenced ahead of schedule and earlier than last year. The Organic Farming Scheme is one of our most successful schemes under our current Rural Development Programme and it has more than achieved its targets in terms of land converted and maintained for organics.”

The payments to farmers under this scheme mean that since September, DAFM has paid out a total of €1.55 Billion in direct payment to farmers.

Liver Fluke Forecast November 2019

on Monday, 02 December 2019. Posted in Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Each year, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in collaboration with Met Éireann advises farmers of the predicted risk of disease caused by liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) infection in livestock. This forecast is based on meteorologi

The Regional Veterinary Laboratory (RVL) Liver Fluke Abattoir ELISA Survey

Blood samples collected by DAFM staff from a selection of lambs born in 2019 (928 flocks) across 25 counties were tested for the presence of antibodies to liver fluke by the DAFM Laboratory Service to determine the level of exposure of lambs in these flocks. Data from this survey indicates that the majority of infected flocks are from counties on the western seaboard. A particularly large number of positive results were reported from flocks located in Mayo and Donegal. In these counties, exposure to liver fluke was detected in June, while animals in the southwest were apparently not exposed before August. By October, there was evidence of fluke exposure in lambs from the midlands and large parts of Leinster. Please see http://www.animalhealthsurveillance.agriculture.gov.ie/ for further details and maps of test results.

Over 75% of applications rejected in Organic Farming Scheme

on Monday, 18 November 2019. Posted in Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The chairman of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Organics Project Team, Nigel Renaghan, is seeking an urgent meeting following the rejection of “over 75%” of applications under the re-opened Organic Farming Scheme (OFS).

Renaghan is seeking a meeting with the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, to address the issue.

The IFA’s organics chairman said: “This is despite these farmers having full organic registration.

The minister has overseen a flawed process with less than a quarter of applicants accepted into the scheme at a time when we are being lectured about the need for farmers to diversify.

“Only 55 applicants out of 225 that applied in November 2018 were eventually accepted into the scheme, despite meeting the obligations of the scheme since they committed to applying.

“These farmers have been contacted advising them that their application was not successful.

Minister Creed Announces Commencement of €20m Payments for Year 3 of the Knowledge Transfer Programme

on Monday, 07 October 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Knowledge Transfer Programme

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today announced that payments in respect of Year 3 of the Knowledge Transfer Programme have commenced.

The Minister commented “I can confirm that the payments in relation to Year 3 of the Knowledge Transfer Programme have now commenced.  I am pleased to note that these payments are commencing a month earlier than in previous years.”

The Minister added “over the three year lifetime of this programme it has played a central role in helping farmers develop the skills and knowledge which will help them to address sustainability, productivity and competitiveness challenges.  This Programme has also been shown to have significant social benefits for the farming community in addition to providing important financial support.”

Given the structure of the Programme, payments are now rolling out on a sector by sector basis over the coming weeks. Payments for farmers in Equine and Poultry Knowledge Transfer Groups have now issued. Payments for Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Tillage will issue shortly.

Creed launches an Open Call for submissions on the CAP Strategic Plan – SWOT analysis

on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. Posted in Schemes, Courses, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Following on from the latest meeting of the CAP Stakeholder Consultative Committee, The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced his intention to launch an open call for submissions on the CAP Strategic Plan – SWOT

The open call for submissions is part of the CAP post 2020 consultation process, under which each Member State is required to conduct a Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat analysis (SWOT) of the geographic area covered by the CAP Strategic Plan, and to engage with civil society and stakeholders to ensure the SWOT is fully reflective of the situation.

WATER ABSTRACTION REGISTRATION REMINDER

on Monday, 29 July 2019. Posted in Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

WATER ABSTRACTION REGISTRATION REMINDER

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government launched a register of water abstractions in accordance with the European Union (Water Policy) (Abstractions Registration) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 261 of 2018) in August 2018. People who abstract 25 cubic meters (25,000 litres) of water or more per day are required to register their water abstraction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The official deadline for registration passed on 16 November 2018 and the EPA estimates that about 10 to 15% of abstractions of 25 or more cubic meters per day have been registered to date from the farming sector.  

N & P Statements to 31 May 2019 now available

on Monday, 22 July 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has announced that interim Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements (N&P Statements) for the period January to May 2019 are now available on the Department’s online system www.agfood.ie.

These statements are particularly useful to allow farmers to plan for the remainder of the year, in order to ensure compliance with the limits of the Nitrates Regulations, thus avoiding penalties for breaching the limits of 170 kgs of Nitrogen per hectare or the limit for those who hold an approved derogation is 250 kgs of Nitrogen per hectare.

Farmers not already registered for agfood.ie can do so by logging onto www.agfood.ie and clicking the 'Register' button. To register a mobile phone number for future SMS text alerts log on to https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/contactsupdates/ to access the sign-on form.

Each year a small proportion of Irish farmers lose income by exceeding stocking rate limits in the Nitrates Regulations, the Department of Agriculture has said.

The Department advises that farmers can avoid these penalties by taking action during the year.

Farmers can avoid penalties through a range of options, including exporting slurry during the year to less intensively stocked farms or renting extra land and submitting the appropriate forms to the Department.

Another option is monitoring their livestock numbers throughout the year and reducing them where there is a risk of exceeding the limit.

The Department has encouraged all farmers who exported slurry, rented extra land or temporarily moved cattle to another holding to submit the appropriate forms as soon as possible (not later than December 31) to the Nitrates section, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.

National Farm Safety Awareness Day 15 to 19 July 2019

on Tuesday, 16 July 2019. Posted in Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, added his support to the Farm Safety Week being run in Ireland by the IFA.

Minister Creed said “I very much welcome that the IFA are leading the fifth annual Farm Safety Week.  It is important that every organisation involved in agriculture continually raises the need for farmers to farm safely”.   

This initiative along with others such as the recent HSA Farm Safety campaign at the end of April which focused on the safe use of tractors and machinery, are very important in increasing awareness of the unacceptable level of farm accidents that occur every year within our industry and the need for continual awareness of farm safety. 

It is important to remember that farms are both work places and family homes and it is important that the whole family is alert to the risks that exist on farms.  Great care is required to ensure that tragic accidents do not occur.  One of the first steps in helping to achieve a safe farm is for farmers to adhere to the Farm Safety Code of practice and to review their Farm Risk Assessment. 

Minister Creed added, “While there are many risks in farming, farming does not have to be a dangerous occupation.  Behavioural change is what is required to prevent many accidents.  It is a case of being aware of the dangers and taking the time to do what is necessary to minimise the risk.  There are plenty of ways to reduce the danger, without spending huge money.  The first of these is to complete a Farm Risk Assessment”.   

Minster Creed Announces €13.4m Basic Payment Scheme Refund to 98,000 farmers

on Monday, 08 July 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

Minster Creed Announces €13.4m Basic Payment Scheme Refund to 98,000 farmers The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced the commencement of payments of over €13.4 million to approximately 98,000 farmers.

Minster Creed Announces €13.4m Basic Payment Scheme Refund to 98,000 farmers

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced the commencement of payments of over €13.4 million to approximately 98,000 farmers. This money was deducted from their 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments under the Financial Discipline rule, and is now being reimbursed in line with the EU regulations.

Minister Creed said ‘I am pleased to confirm that these payments totaling €13.4 million are now being reimbursed to eligible farmers.’  The Minister added that “these payments will bring the total paid to Irish farmers under the 2018 Basic Payment Scheme to €1.19 billion”.

Note to editors

In the context of the annual budgetary procedure of the European Union, the financial discipline mechanism which is implemented by the Member States involves a monetary deduction (1.4% for the 2018 reduction) from some direct payments thereby creating a financial Crisis Reserve for the European Union. The crisis reserve is intended to provide additional support for the agricultural sector in the case of major crises affecting agricultural production or distribution. In the event that the Crisis Reserve is not activated in the financial year, or it is not fully utilised, the balance not used is refunded to farmers in the subsequent financial year, hence this reimbursement.

Minister Creed Announces Commencement of Balancing Payments for Year 2 of Sheep Welfare Scheme

on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. Posted in Schemes, Sheep

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., announced today the commencement of balancing payments to all eligible farmers under year 2 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme. African Swine Fever

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., announced today the commencement of balancing payments to all eligible farmers under year 2 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme.  The Scheme is co-funded by the European Union as part of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme, 2014-2020.

Minister Creed stated that: “following the issuing of the 85% advance payments to farmers in mid-November, I am happy to confirm that the 15% balancing payments under the Sheep Welfare Scheme have now commenced.”

The Minister noted, “This scheme continues to reflect the commitment of this Government to the sheep sector in Ireland and has provided a welcome additional stream of income to sheep farmers which was not previously available.”

The rollout of the balancing payments brings the total paid under the Sheep Welfare Scheme to almost €17 million to some 19,000 farmers, providing a significant financial boost to the individual farmers, the sheep sector in general and the wider rural economy. 

The Minister concluded by urging 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.

FIVE STEPS TO BETTER SOIL FERTILITY

on Monday, 20 May 2019. Posted in Products, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

1. SOIL TESTING • Provides you with vital information about your soils • • A foundation for your fertilizer plan • • A small farm expense costing in the region of €1.25/ha/yr and is valid for 5 years • • A standard soil test will give the soils fert

  1. 1.SOIL TESTING  
  • Provides you with vital information about your soils
  • • A foundation for your fertilizer plan
  • • A small farm expense costing in the region of €1.25/ha/yr and is valid for 5 years
  •  • A standard soil test will give the soils fertility status as follows; pH, lime requirement, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).

  1. 2.SOIL PH & LIME

• Lime improves the availability of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphur, Calcium and Magnesium

• Lime at least every 5 years

• Ground limestone can be spread at any time

• Apply lime as per soil test report. Avoid over-liming as it can result in trace element imbalances.

Minister Creed Reminds Farmers of 15 May Deadline for Online Submission of BPS Applications

on Monday, 13 May 2019. Posted in Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of additional one to one clinics for farmers who are making their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application online. Closing date for the receipt of all online BPS

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of additional one to one clinics for farmers who are making their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application online.  Closing date for the receipt of all online BPS and transfer of entitlement applications is Wednesday 15 May.

In recent weeks, the Department has been holding clinics for farmers around the country to assist them in making their BPS and Transfer of Entitlements applications online.  The Minister commented “online applications bring a range of benefits for farmers, and I am committed to ensuring that farmers have all the assistance they require in order to make these applications for essential scheme payments.  With this in mind, I have asked officials in my Department to put in place a further set of one to one clinics for farmers as the deadline of 15 May approaches.”

The details of these clinics are as follows

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 14 May

DAFM offices,

Derryhallagh,

Drumshanbo,

Co. Leitrim

9 am – 5 pm

Wednesday 15 May

DAFM offices,

Farnham St,

Cavan,

Co. Cavan

9 am – 5 pm

The Departments 2019 Nematodirus Forecast

on Monday, 15 April 2019. Posted in Sheep, Dairy, Beef

This disease is best prevented by keeping the current year’s lambs off pasture that was grazed by lambs or young calves in the previous year.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine advises farmers in relation to the predicted risk of infection in lambs based on the advice received from the Nematodirus Advisory Group.

The disease

Nematodirosis is a severe disease of lambs six to twelve weeks of age which become infected through ingesting large numbers of infective larvae present on contaminated pasture. The life cycle of Nematodirus battus is unlike that of other roundworms in that typically it takes almost a year before the egg hatches releasing the infective larva. There is a mass hatching of larvae in spring when the soil temperature increases after a period of cold weather and disease typically occurs in April, May and June.

After ingestion Nematodirus larvae invade the intestinal mucosa and infection is characterised by profuse diarrhoea, dehydration and weight loss. In outbreak scenarios, lambs can be seen congregating around water troughs due to the severe thirst that develops, while the ewes which are unaffected continue to graze.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine advises farmers in relation to the predicted risk of infection in lambs based on the advice received from the Nematodirus Advisory Group.

The disease

Nematodirosis is a severe disease of lambs six to twelve weeks of age which become infected through ingesting large numbers of infective larvae present on contaminated pasture. The life cycle of Nematodirus battus is unlike that of other roundworms in that typically it takes almost a year before the egg hatches releasing the infective larva. There is a mass hatching of larvae in spring when the soil temperature increases after a period of cold weather and disease typically occurs in April, May and June.

After ingestion Nematodirus larvae invade the intestinal mucosa and infection is characterised by profuse diarrhoea, dehydration and weight loss. In outbreak scenarios, lambs can be seen congregating around water troughs due to the severe thirst that develops, while the ewes which are unaffected continue to graze.

INDEPENDENT PANEL TO ASSESS FIRST BATCH OF ANC APPEALS.

on Monday, 08 April 2019. Posted in Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said the first batch of 130 appeals has been sent to the Independent Panel as part of the ANC review.

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said the first batch of 130 appeals has been sent to the Independent Panel as part of the ANC review.

The Panel was set up to deal with either areas that were taken out or those trying to get in for the first time.  1,500 individual appeals representing 762 townlands have been lodged. The largest number of appeals are from Wexford at 570, with smaller numbers from another 17 counties.

ANC PAYMENT 2019

on Monday, 25 March 2019. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef

To qualify for the ANC/ASC Scheme you must –

  • Hold a valid herd number and farm eligible disadvantaged lands in your own right. 
  • Maintain a minimum stocking density of 0.15 livestock units per eligible forage hectare for 7 consecutive months within the 2019 calendar year.
  • Maintain an annual average stocking density of 0.15 livestock units per eligible forage hectare for the 2019 calendar year.

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