Scheme For Restoring Old Farm Buildings Re-opened

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, today (Wednesday 15/01/2020) announced the opening of the 2020 GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme.

This scheme funds the restoration and preservation of traditional farm buildings and structures such as historic yard surfaces, walls, gates and gate pillars. The Heritage Council administer the scheme on behalf of the Department.

GLAS 1 (1)

€1.25 million was secured in the budget for this very important scheme which will continue to make a huge contribution to the conservation of our rural heritage and the enhancement of the rural landscape.

The benefits of the scheme go beyond retaining the structures for future generations because it can also have significant biodiversity benefits.

The scheme is open to applicants who participate in the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme and it is jointly funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under Ireland’s 2014 – 2020 Rural Development Programme.

The grant available can range between €4,000 and €25,000 and it can cover up to 75% of the cost of the works which is subject to the maximum ceiling.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 18th February 2020 at 5pm. Application forms and the scheme’s terms and conditions can be downloaded at www.heritagecouncil.ie

(Source – Irish Independent – Indo Farming – Online Editors – 15/01/2020)

 

Department Announces The Opening of Year 4 Of The Sheep Welfare Scheme

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine announced today that the fourth year of the Sheep Welfare Scheme will commence on the 1 February 2020.

Existing participants in the scheme will be automatically enrolled in year 4 and will not need to take any action should they wish to remain in the scheme.

The Sheep Welfare Scheme provides support to farmers for undertaking actions which make a positive contribution to flock welfare. Information packs containing terms and conditions of the scheme in year 4, along with Action Record books for 2020, will shortly be issuing from the Department to existing participants in the scheme. The scheme was launched in December 2016

Blackface sheep in Co Mayo.

Applications for participation in year 4 of the Sheep Welfare Scheme are now also being accepted from new entrants to sheep farming.

For the purposes of the scheme, a new entrant to sheep farming is defined as an applicant who has applied for a new herd number from 1 January 2020 and prior to 31 December 2020, or an applicant with an existing herd number who has not held or traded in sheep for a two year period up to 31 October preceding the scheme year.

The Department urged all eligible new entrants to the sheep sector to return their forms by 1 February.

(Source – Irish Independent – Indo Farming – Ciaran Moran – 15/01/2020)

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