By FWi staff

FINAL balancing payments of £5.57 a head in ewe premium and 8p a head less favoured area supplement are going out to sheep producers in respect of 1998 claims.

This takes the total support for last year to £16 for SAPS and £4.72 for LFA supplement.

A further £1.45 is expected to be paid later this month as part of the agrimoney compensation package agreed by farm ministers last December after the switch to market exchange rates.