The Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue today announced the launch of the new Sheep Improvement Scheme and the opening of the online application facility.

The Sheep Improvement Scheme, which forms part of Ireland’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Strategic Plan for the period 2023-2027, has been designed to support farmers to undertake actions that improve animal welfare in the sheep sector.

Payment under the scheme will be at a rate of €12 per eligible breeding ewe, which is an increase from the €10 per eligible breeding ewe under the Sheep Welfare Scheme.

Minister McConalogue says these payments are an important support to sheep farmers in the delivery of key welfare actions and provide a financial boost to the individual farmers and the wider rural economy.

Applications for the scheme can be made by the farmer or by a Farm Advisory System (FAS) approved Advisor via the application facility on www.agfood.ie

The closing date for the submission of applications is midnight on Monday 19th December 2022.

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