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Irish Demand Government Money for Sheep Fencing

14 August 2015

IRELAND – European Commission grant funding to modernise farms should be, in part, streamed to sheep farmers to help subsidise fencing.

This is according to the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) which is concerned about a government funding withdrawal on account of low subscriptions to a previous scheme opened in 2010.

The money comes through the Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Scheme (TAMS II), first given priority to poultry and sow units in 2010.

“Just because there was a limited uptake in the previous scheme is no reason to deny progressive farmers the opportunity to develop their farms,” said Mr John Brooks, ICSA sheep chairman.

He said there must be an “understanding” that low income sheep farmers can only take advantage of grants when “finances allow”.

He added: “The Minister needs to realise that supporting sheep fencing will be of undoubted benefit not only to the farmers involved but to the export sector.”

He suggested “totally over the top” fencing specifications be scrutinised.

“Critically, not many sheep farmers will require unsustainable borrowings from undertaking a modest fencing investment. Can the same be said for the very ambitious plans for large scale dairy units?”

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