Coveney gives green light to grant aid for sheep fencing

‘Victory for those … who have been fighting to rectify this injustice for sheep farmers’

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John Brooks, ICSA National Chairman, Sheep Committee
John Brooks,
ICSA National Chairman, Sheep Committee

ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks has welcomed the inclusion of grant aid for sheep fencing in TAMS II, announced by Minister Simon Coveney following yesterday’s budget announcement.

“This is something that the ICSA has been demanding for some time now,” he said. “Good fencing on sheep farms is essential for good grassland management but the expense of doing this has been a major stumbling block for sheep farmers.”

Mr. Brooks said the “€38.8m allocation for TAMS  II in Budget 2016 has allowed for the inclusion of sheep fencing aid.

“This is a victory for those of us who have been fighting to rectify this injustice for sheep farmers. The ICSA has worked hard for this grant aid and we will continue to ensure that our sheep farmers are fairly considered in all aspects of funding expenditure.”

Calling on Minister Coveney to re-examine the terms and conditions to qualify for the sheep fencing grant, he said some of the requirements, such as the spec of field gate required, were “unnecessary and overly expensive and merely places obstacles in the way of sheep farmers getting the aid they urgently need.”