The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) is calling for an extra 10 euros per ewe for hill flocks ahead of the Teagasc National Hill Sheep conference due to take place in Westport on Wednesday.

Speaking in advance of the conference, INHFA Vice President Brendan Joyce said that "with savings of €5 million of the €25 million welfare package in year one of the scheme and a similar level of saving likely in year two, the Government must now increase the available budget and target it towards the hill sheep sector.

He claims hill flock owners need as much support as possible to sustain hill farming in the absence of a market for light hill lamb.

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