submit a sheep census return for each year during the lifetime of the scheme - an exception is made for new entrants in year of entry
have an active herd number - or be a new entrant - and keep breeding ewes
maintain the required number of breeding ewes during the scheme
You must complete two welfare measures to qualify for payment.
The targeted welfare areas include:
mineral supplementation of ewes post mating
meal feeding lambs post weaning
parasite control (faecal egg count)
management of pregnant ewes (scanning)
mineral supplementation of lambs pre-weaning
You must also maintain the necessary records and comply with the Terms and Conditions for Year 6 of the Sheep Welfare including Cross Compliance.
Those undertaking parasite control must use the approved list of laboratories for sampling.
The Sheep Welfare Scheme was introduced to enhance animal health and welfare in the sheep sector and requires farmers to go beyond mandatory standards. These are the conditions of the scheme.
Terms and Conditions for Year 6 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme
Terms and Conditions for the Sheep Welfare Scheme Year 6
You are paid €10 per breeding ewe and the scheme year will run from 1 February 2022 to 31 January 2023. Reductions in payment will apply where not all actions are completed. See updated FAQ’s below.
How to apply
For Year 6 of the scheme, existing participants in the Sheep Welfare Scheme will automatically be enrolled in Year 6 of the scheme. New entrants can apply by contacting us at email@example.com