Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (826)

Michael Ring


943 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason that a person [details supplied] in County Mayo only received a cull ewe payment 2003 for 43 sheep in view of the fact that they incurred losses of the premium on 103 ewes; and when he will be paid the remainder of his entitlements. [1356/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Compensation payments made by my Department from the years 1999 to 2002 were based on the 30% de/stocking of commonages under the interim framework plan. According to my Department's records, the person named was paid compensation for losses incurred on 103 ewes for those years.

For the sheep production year 2003 onwards, payments are based on the stock reductions required in the detailed commonage framework plans drawn up for commonage land and effective from 1 January 2003. The farmer was required under his commonage framework plan to de-stock by 43 ewes, for which he received payment of €60 per ewe.