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How to Calculate the Sheep Grassland Payment

The following are among the key criteria for the operation of the Scheme

The rate payable per hectare will be based on the number of 2010 SPS eligible hectares declared or area deemed eligible for payment, whichever is the lower, using two stocking densities as follows:

  • 2.5 ewes per hectare for Mountain Type Grazing Land (as defined under the Less Favoured Areas Scheme);
  • 7 ewes per hectare for all other lands (including Most Severely, Less Severely Disadvantaged Area and non-Disadvantaged Areas)

The ewe numbers eligible for inclusion in the 2010 Scheme will be based on the numbers as declared in the 2009 Sheep Census

The ewe numbers eligible for inclusion in the 2011 Scheme will be based on the average of the ewe numbers as declared in the 2009 and 2010 Sheep Census and the numbers eligible for inclusion in the 2011 Scheme will be based on the average of the ewe numbers as declared in the 2010 and 2011 Sheep Census.

The applicants must maintain sheep on an ongoing basis to retain eligibility for the 2011 and 2012 Schemes, i.e. he or she has to have sheep to declare in their 2011 and 2012 Sheep Census Sheep Returns.

The maximum area payable is 84 hectares in respect of Mountain Type Grazing and 30 hectares for all other lands.

The farmer must submit an SPS application each year to be eligible for the Scheme.

The indicative rates of aid for the Grassland Sheep Scheme are as follows:

Mountain Areas – 0 to 20 hectares  – €30 per hectare*

                             20 to 84 hectares -€25 per hectare

Lowland Areas  – €70 per hectare.

The additional payment (total payable €100) is in recognition of the difficulties facing hill sheep farming.

Some examples of these rates are outlined below;

 

210 Ewes
Mountain Lowland
210 ÷ 2.5 = 84ha 210 ÷ 7 = 30 ha
Total: = €2,200 Total = €2,100

This is equivalent to a payment of €10.48 per ewe in the mountain areas and €10.00 per ewe elsewhere.

The same principle applies to farmers with similar flocks as is illustrated in the following examples:

50 Ewes
Mountain Lowland
50 ÷ 2.5 = 20ha 50 ÷ 7 = 7.14
Total: = €600.00 Total = €499.8

This is equivalent to a payment of €12.00 per ewe in the mountain areas and €10.00 per ewe elsewhere.

100 Ewes
Mountain Lowland
100 ÷ 2.5 = 40ha 100 ÷ 7 = 14.29
Total: = €1,100 Total = €1,000.30

This is equivalent to a payment of €11.00 per ewe in the mountain areas and €10.00 per ewe elsewhere.

150 Ewes
Mountain Lowland
150 ÷ 2.5 = 60ha 150 ÷ 7 = 21.43
Total: = €1,600 Total = €1,500.10

This is equivalent to a payment of €10.67 per ewe in the mountain areas and €10.00 per ewe elsewhere.

 Press release from the Department of Agriculture.

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