By FWi staff

MAFF announced today (Friday) that the rate for the 1999 Sheep Annual Premium first advance has been set at £5.14 per ewe.

The advance of Less Favoured Area supplement has been set at £4.25 per ewe and will be paid with the premium.

In England MAFF will start making these advance payments towards the end of July and aim to complete them by the end of August.

The second advance of premium has not yet been fixed by the European Commission.