Written Answers. - Flock Depopulation.

Michael Ring

Question:

92 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the particular circumstances which gave rise to an adjustment in compensation to persons whose sheep were depopulated. [15098/02]

I assume the Deputy is referring to an individual whose sheep were depopulated as a result of scrapie prior to Christmas 2001. In this case a veterinary assessment of the flock concerned determined that a number of the animals categorised as lambs at the time of slaughter should have been categorised as hoggets at that time and payment was made on that basis. Flock owners whose flocks were slaughtered prior to Christmas 2001 clearly understood and agreed the basis upon which their flocks were depopulated and were aware of the categorisation attributed to their animals and the price they would obtain for each category. It would be inappropriate at this juncture for either party to this agreement to seek to alter its terms retrospectively.