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Bonus on Farmers to Complete Sheep and Goat Census

11 December 2014

IRELAND – Irish sheep and goat keepers must complete a national census or risk losing payments, Irish officials have warned.

The Sheep and Goat Census 2014 is being delivered to over 43,000 flock owners, with recipients reminded that returning and completing records is a legal obligation.

Information provided will form the basis of quantifying flock numbers as of Sunday 14 December.

Issued by the Department of Agriculture and the Marine, timely returning of census is down to farmers, the Department advised.

On the importance of the census, the Department said: “For flock owners, it is also central in declaring that required stocking rates have been maintained and facilitates the drawing down of payments under schemes such as the Single Payment Scheme, Disadvantaged Area Scheme, REPS, AEOS and the Grassland Sheep Scheme.  

"The information is also used during farm/flock inspections.

"The inspector will have details of the census returns submitted for the holding in the last four or five years and will use this information as the basis for identifying if the animal records have been adequately maintained.”

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