Provisional amounts of coupled animal aid payments for 2018 announced

A technical instruction from the ministry of agriculture issued on of 25th of July sets out the conditions and amounts of the various coupled animal payments for 2018.

The document covers over one hundred pages but within is the detail of provisional amounts of the following animal aid payments: Goats (dairy): 15 €/head with a ceiling of 400 animals eligible;

Ewe premium: € 20/head + € 2 surplus for the first 500 ewes awarded per farmer (partnerships are transparent);

Aid for dairy cattle: € 69.50 in mountainous areas for up to 30 animals and € 33.50 per cow in lowland regions for up to 40 animals;

Support for suckler cattle: 167 €/head from the first to the 50th cow, 124 € from the 51st to the 99th cow and 65 € from the 100th to the 139th cow.

The amounts of aid for suckler veal and organic veal will only be known at the end of the season.

3 year new producer status

The character of "new producer" is specified. It concerns any breeder of sheep, suckler cattle or dairy cattle holding animals for the first time. A farmer is considered a new producer during the first three years of his breeding activity. For example, an operator who has established a suckler cow operation on 1 January 2017 is considered as a new producer for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons or for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Clarifications are provided on the exceptions to the period of compulsory detention or the productivity ratio in exceptional circumstances. Bear attacks are now part of the circumstances along with lynx and wolf attacks allowing the application of the exceptional circumstances clause.

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