16 July 1999

SAP at £5.14 a ewe

FIRST advance of the 1999 sheep annual premium has been set at £5.14 a ewe.

Payments will begin towards the end of this month, says MAFF, and should be completed by the end of August. The advance for LFA sup-plement has been set at £4.25 a ewe and will be paid with the premium.

The second advance has not yet been fixed by the European Commission. Although the total value of the premium will not be known until January, latest lamb price forecasts suggest producers can expect about £16 a ewe, as last year, says the MLC. &#42