Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Published on 14 February 2020
Last updated on 25 February 2021
The Sheep Welfare Scheme provides financial support to farmers for taking extra steps to improve the welfare of their flock. Farmers get €10 per breeding ewe for completing flock welfare measures.
To qualify for the scheme you must:
You must complete two welfare measures to qualify for payment.
The targeted welfare areas include:
You must also maintain the necessary records and comply with the Conditions for the 2021 Sheep Welfare Scheme Year 5
including Cross Compliance.
Those undertaking parasite control must use the approved list of laboratories for sampling.
You are paid €10 per breeding ewe and the scheme year will run from Dates 1 February 2021 to 31 January 2022. Reductions in payment will apply where not all actions are completed.
For the 2021 scheme, existing participants in the Sheep Welfare Scheme will automatically be enrolled in the 2021 scheme.
Updated FAQ Sheep Welfare Scheme January 2021
Approved Laboratories list
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