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Sheep Welfare Scheme

on Thursday, 26 January 2017. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Sheep

The Sheep Welfare Scheme is being introduced to contribute to the continued development in animal and health welfare in the sheep sector and will require farmers to go beyond the relevant mandatory standards to improve the standards of animal welfare in the Irish Sheep Flock.

The Payment available to farmers is €10 per ewe. The number of ewes eligible for payment is based on the 2014 and 2015 sheep census. There is a provision for new entrants. An applicant who has applied for a new herd number from 1st of January 2016 and before the closing date of the scheme in 2017 is defined as a new applicant. Their reference number is based on their most recent sheep census.

Below is the various action available for both lowland and hill farmers. Farmers must choose one action from Catergory A and one action from Catergory B.

Lowland Flock

Category A

Lameness - Farmer required to carry out five lameness examinations per year at prescribed times, recording incidence and scoring.

Mineral supplementation of ewes - Supplement minerals to ewes post-mating to help combat deficiencies, reducing still births and mortality.

Category B

Parasite control - Undertake two faecal egg counts per annum to establish worm burden.

Scanning - Scan ewes 80 days after ram turnout. Mark, divide and feed according to litter size.

Flystrike - Introduce a flystrike programme during high risk months through chemical control and dagging.

Hill Flock

Category A

Mineral supplementation of ewes - Supplement minerals to ewes post-mating to help combat deficiencies, reducing still births and mortality.

Meal feeding post weaning - Feeding a suitable lamb ration containing minerals for four weeks post weaning.

Category B

Parasite control - Undertake one faecal egg count on lambs for worms or one on ewes for liver fluke.

Scanning - Scan ewes 80 days after ram turnout. Mark, divide and feed according to litter size.

Mineral supplementation of Lambs - Supplement lambs with minerals pre-weaning in hill flocks

Applicants who have both hill ewes and lowland ewes are required to choose the flock with the greater percentage. Eg. A Farmer with 120 Hill ewes and 200 lowland ewes will choose the lowland flock catergory.

Application must be submitted by the 31st of January 2017 along with the sheep census.

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