Sheep Improvement Programme
For farmers that have joined the new Sheep Improvement Programme and had the purchase of a Genotyped ram included as a measure for this year. Following concern around the availability of these rams, (especially for some breeds) there may be an option to have the measure deferred if you are unable source a ram. In order to avail of this, you will need to contact the Department of Agriculture to clarify that you are unable to source a ram. If accepted, you will need to choose another option from Category B, for this year.
As outlined in previous newsletters and other media forums we are fighting on an ongoing basis to get direct support for the sector. The support measures we have sought are in addition to the Sheep Improvement Programme, available to all farmers and payable on farmer’s sheep census numbers that was submitted last February.