Premiums at risk
DAIRY producers who have leased in milk quota to cover themselves against super-levy could have jeopardised their claims for either beef special premium or suckler cow premium.
Changes introduced under Agenda 2000, due this year, will see the amount of milk leased in as well as owned on Mar 31 included into livestock unit calculations for subsidy claims. Before, the amount of quota owned on Apr 1 – the first day of the new milk year – was only included.
According to Ulster Farmers Unions Joe McDonald that will severely dent potential subsidy claims across the UK. "One member leasing in 150,000 litres will have that divided by the new UK average milk yield of 5730 litres and be 26 livestock units worse off." *