Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Questions (220)

Ciara Conway


220. Deputy Ciara Conway asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will allow hay to be cut a week earlier this year under the agri-environment options scheme due to the recent fodder difficulties, in view of the current good weather spell; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33712/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Participants in AEOS 2 and AEOS 3 who selected traditional hay meadow action, with the exception of Corncrake sites in the Shannon Callows, may commence cutting the meadow for hay immediately for the 2013 cutting season only. Where this earlier cutting date is availed of the conserving of the meadow as silage is not permitted.