Irish cow premium provides flexibility

5 October 2001

Irish cow premium provides flexibility

IRISH livestock farmers are to receive their advance suckler cow premiums (SCP) from Oct 16, even though many will not have completed the mandatory six-month retention period.

The move, announced by farm minister Joe Walsh, is intended to provide more flexibility following disruptions caused by foot-and-mouth disease. Ireland had just one case earlier this year, but all farmers were affected by movement controls.

Many producers were unable to purchase their breeding replacements and had to delay their SCP applications.

The concession means these farmers will not have to wait until the six months is up before receiving any money. Suckler cow premiums are worth Ir£162.36 (£129) a head this year, with 60% due to go out in advance.

Irish Farmers Association livestock chairman Derek Deane welcomed the move, saying a delay to the payments would have caused serious cashflow problems. &#42

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