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It might be Christmas time but don’t forget to fill up 2014 Sheep Census form

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Gus Heavey from Newbridge with his seven-week-old purebred Border Collie pups for sale outside Mountbellew Mart on Friday last. PHOTO: DAVID WALSH.

BY ANTHONY O’CONNOR

AVOID been left feeling ‘baa-d’ and counting the cost of returning a sheep census form late. Fill your form now and return it to the Dept. of Agriculture while it’s still fresh in your mind.

Census Date: The Census date was Sunday, December 14, 2014. Not only is it a legal obligation to return this form to DAFM before January 30, 2015. Payments for the Single Payment Scheme, Disadvantaged Area Scheme, Sheep Technology Adoption Programme, REPS, AEOS and the Grassland Sheep Scheme are dependent on a completed form being returned before Jan. 30.

Information from the Census forms is used to calculate stocking rate for the above schemes etc. Return all completed forms by post or online to Government Buildings, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

The only acceptable proof of postage is registered or express post receipts. A postal certificate is no longer acceptable as proof of postage. Retain all postal receipts carefully.

Submission Date: The deadline for submission of the forms is January 30, 2015, for the 2014 census and it’s based on the number of sheep on the holding on Sunday, December 14.

If a farmer has recently bought sheep for the first time or did not receive a census form in the post then they must ring the DAFM in Portlaoise looking for the Sheep Census/ID section and quote the herd number and the DAFM will send them out a sheep census form.

This is especially important for young entrants to farming who have just established a herd number and got into sheep farming. All sheep keepers must carry out an annual inventory of their sheep and return this number to the Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The Department normally carries out the annual sheep census each December and a census form together with a pre-paid and pre-addressed return envelope is posted to all keepers so that they can submit their sheep numbers to the Department.

Before returning the census form to the Department the number of sheep declared in the census form should also be recorded in the keeper’s flock register and be present on their holding.

Keepers who have no sheep at the time of the census but who are still involved in sheep farming must still submit a census by returning a  form showing no sheep on the holding on the Census date.

Otherwise the keeper’s designator number may be made dormant which will prevent them from ordering sheep tags and dispatch/movement books.

It is very important for all sheep keepers to submit an accurately completed sheep census form to the Department in advance of the deadline for receipt of forms.

The annual sheep census is an integral part of the National Sheep Identification System and failure to submit a census form on time or the submission of an inaccurate census can render a farmer liable to prosecution.

It can also lead to penalties as a result of cross compliance inspections and hamper claims made under certain schemes.

Filling Census Form: Count accurately all sheep present on your holding on December 14. Fill in form giving age and categories of sheep, breed etc.

A Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and happy New Year to all our readers from all the staff in Teagasc.

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Locals thanked for demo backing

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Anne Mitchell: Great local support.

GALWAY IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, has thanked the people of Athenry and surrounding areas for their support during Friday’s Action Day protest.

She told the Farming Tribune that the demonstration was planned to cause ‘absolute minimal disruption’ to the people, schools and businesses of the town as well as being conscious of Covid restrictions.

“We really didn’t want anyone on the streets because of the Covid situation and we also advised that where there was more than one person in a vehicle, and not from the same household, that they would wear masks,” said Anne Mitchell.

She said that they were also acutely aware of the fact that the Leaving Cert examinations were going on in schools around the town which dictated their decision to stage the protest between 11am and 12 noon.

However, one concerned parent who contacted this newspaper, said that the honking of horns could be heard by those who were doing their Leaving Cert geography exam on Friday.

“While I do understand the reasons behind the protest, I just think that the honking of horns should have been left out it, while an exam was in progress,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Athenry’s action day a wake-up call for the West

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The tractorcade is ready to roll in Athenry on Friday in the IFA protest over farm viability and the Climate Action Bill.

AN estimated ‘200 plus’ tractors, cars and jeeps took part in Friday’s IFA ‘Action Day’ protest in Athenry aimed at highlighting major problems coming down the track with the ‘new CAP’ and the Climate Action Bill.

Connacht IFA Chairperson, Pat Murphy, said that they were delighted with the turnout and also with the positive reception they received from the people of Athenry.

“If farming and agriculture go to the wall in rural Ireland it will sound the death-knell for our provincial and villages too.

“We really do need our politicians to wake up to the fact that decisions made over the coming weeks or months could decide the future of rural Ireland as we know it,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that an agenda being driven by the Green Party to drastically reduce the numbers of suckler cows, dairy cows and cattle across Ireland would have a catastrophic impact on Irish agriculture, unless amendments were made to the Climate Action Bill.

“If Irish farmers are prevented in producing the food that’s accepted as being probably the most environmentally friendly and traceable product across the world, then that gap will be filled by countries like Brazil where rain forests are being cut down every single day of the year,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that the negotiations on CAP coming up at the end of this month would also have huge implications for farming and especially so in the West of Ireland where farms were so dependent on direct payments.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Minister outlines ‘tough road ahead’

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Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue

A CRITICAL part of the eventual CAP deal for farmers will rest with the flexibility of the Irish Government to make its own decisions on where the money will be allocated, Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, told the Farming Tribune last week.

During a whistle-stop tour of a number of agri-related projects in Galway last Thursday, Minister McConalogue said that as things stood, the major stumbling block to an agreement was the European Parliament.

“There are really two aspects of this deal which will be of vital importance to Irish farmers over the coming years – the flexibility to make our own decisions and the percentage of the funding to be spent on ECO schemes,” said Charlie McConalogue.

He said that while some progress had been made at the end of last month’s Trilogue negotiations [EU Commission, Council and European Parliament], it had not been possible to reach an agreement.

“As things stand, what’s blocking a final agreement is the European Parliament part of that Trilogue. We are trying to reach compromises on the issue of convergence, and the ECO scheme element of the payments, but this hasn’t been possible with the parliament so far,” said the Minister.

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