Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Michael Ring

Question:

319 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive 1998 sheep and cattle headage. [1306/99]

Application was made by the person named under the 1998 sheep headage scheme in respect of 192 ewes and 58 hoggets on 8 January 1998. An application was received under the cattle headage scheme in respect of four animals on 25 May 1998. Payments amounting to £2,258 issued under the sheep headage scheme on 19 January 1999 and £216 issued in respect of his cattle headage application on 15 January 1999.

Michael Ring

Question:

320 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive 1998 sheep headage, top-up and fodder losses payments. [1307/99]

The area aid application for the person named has been processed. Payment of sheep headage grants including top up will issue on 27 January 1999. In so far as the winter fodder payment is concerned the position is that the person named is one of a small number of sheep headage applicants who were not paid a fodder supplement by 31 December 1998 because of difficulties associated with determining the overall amount of mountain grazing available to them. These cases are currently under examination with a view to making any outstanding fodder payments due as soon as possible.