Thursday, 8 March 2018

Ceisteanna (418)

Tom Neville

Ceist:

418. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a sheep welfare scheme action in respect of a farmer (details supplied) in County Kerry can be amended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11216/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Sheep Welfare Scheme was introduced in December 2016 to support the delivery of flock health benefits in the sheep sector.  Under the terms and conditions of the scheme, applicants to the scheme are required to carry out two actions based on the type of stock (Lowland or Hill) held. 

The person named was categorised as a Hill flock based on the ratio of stock held and reported in the Annual Sheep Census 2015. The Department is conducting a review of this application and has contacted the applicant directly on the matter.  The applicant has set out details regarding his farming practices and the category of stock now held and is forwarding additional information to the Department in this regard.  Following receipt of the additional information, the matter will be reviewed and an official from my Department will contact the applicant directly.