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ANIMAL WELFARE, RECORDING AND BREEDING SCHEME FOR SUCKLER HERDS

HELPSHEET

This Helpsheet should be read in conjunction with the Terms and Conditions of the Animal Welfare, Recording and Breeding Scheme for Suckler Herds 2008-2012, and before completing your Application Form.

A dedicated Lo-call number has been allocated to deal with specific queries from farmers in relation to the Scheme. It  is  1890 252 707.

A dedicated e-mail address has also been allocated to enable farmers submit queries, and replies will be made on an ongoing basis. It is sucklerherds@agriculture.gov.ie

POINTS OF INFORMATION

1.

Familiarise yourself fully with the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme before completing your Application Form, as the onus will be on you the applicant(s) to comply fully with them, in order to qualify for payment.

2.

The Scheme commenced on 1 January 2008 and will operate until 31 December 2012 at the latest.

3.

An applicant who joins the Scheme  in 2010 is entering the Scheme for three years (2010-2012) and must comply with the Terms and Conditions for the three years.

4.

A person who had suckler cows in 2008 and/or 2009 but did not join the Scheme  may not join the Scheme in 2010 or later years. A new entrant to suckler farming who will commence/re-commence keeping suckler cows for the rearing of calves from 2010 onwards, may join the Scheme , provided he/she lodges an application on/before 31 March 2010. Such applicants will be eligible for payment  on animals born up to 31 March 2012.

5.

The closing date for lodging the Application Form will be 31 March 2010.

6.

A penalty of 1% loss in payment per working day will apply to applications lodged after 31 March 2010. If the delay amounts to more than 25 calendar days, i.e. applications received on/after 26 April 2010, then such applications will be deemed inadmissible and no grants shall be paid.

7.

Payment will be made in respect of a maximum of 100 eligible suckler cows, but all suckler cows and calves reared by those cows and kept on the holding, whether considered for payment or not, must be compliant with the requirements of the Scheme.

8.

There is a minimum calving age of 24 months, and any heifer calving for the first time at less than 22 months of age will not qualify for payment. A tolerance will apply for heifers calving for the first time between 22 and 24 months. (See details at Term and Condition 8.4).

9.

Calves must be tagged and registered with the Department’s Registration Agency, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, within 27 days of birth.  It is not sufficient to post the registration form on day 27.  All animals on the holding must be correctly recorded on the AIM (formerly CMMS) database. Any calf whose birth is not registered within 27 days will not be considered for payment.

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