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Disadvantaged Areas Scheme

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 18 April 2012

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Ceisteanna (1096)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

1111 Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when new born lambs may be calculated as livestock units for the purposes of stocking density under the disadvantage area scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18418/12]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

Eligibility under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme is established, inter alia, by satisfying the requirement as to minimum stocking density of an applicant’s holding. Those farmers for whom sheep contribute in whole or in part to satisfying this requirement are obliged annually to submit an appropriately completed Sheep Census return to my Department. The Census provides for a number of categories of sheep viz Rams, Breeding Ewes and Other. This return then forms the basis for establishing the compliance of a given holding with the minimum stocking density requirement of the Scheme. The following Table is as published in the annual Scheme Terms and Conditions:

Type of animal

Livestock Unit value

Proof which may be required

Female or male cattle over 2 years old

1.0 livestock unit each

Herd Register kept up to date. CMMS compliant.

Female or male cattle 2 years old or under

0.6 livestock unit each

Herd Register kept up to date. CMMS compliant.

Female or male sheep

0.15 livestock unit each

Flock Register kept up to date. Most recent Sheep Census completed.

Female or male equines over 6 months old

1.0 livestock unit each

Equine Passport in your name.

Female or male equines 6 months old or under

0.6 livestock unit each

Equine Passport in your name.

Female or male goats

0.15 livestock unit each

Herd Register kept up to date. Most recent Goat Census completed.

Female or male deer

0.3 livestock unit each

Proof of ownership.

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