Rolling Reference Year Must be Included in Sheep Scheme – Kenny
In answer to a question asked by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin Kenny TD on whether a rolling reference year for young farmers and commonage farmers would be included in new sheep scheme.
The Minister stated he was “prepared to consider cases where the application of a specific reference period would unfairly disadvantage particular farmers”.
Deputy Kenny said:
“The issue of a rolling reference year for young farmers and commonage farmers is extremely important as using one particular year as the reference year for them could leave them severely disadvantaged compared to other farmers.
“Young farmers need to be given the opportunity and incentive to build their flock number to the optimum stocking rate. Likewise commonage hill farmers may have to adjust their flock numbers in order to comply with new commonage framework plans and should not be put at a disadvantage as a result.
“The inclusion of a rolling reference year would alleviate the concerns farmers have around these issues. I am satisfied that the ministers comments suggest that he seriously considering my proposal to include a rolling reference year in the new sheep scheme."