Dairy farmers are excluded from the silage payment


Dairy farmers are not entitled to a payment of up to €1,000 for making silage, it has been confirmed.

Secretary McConalogue yesterday brought a memo to Cabinet outlining the proposal, which could be worth €55 million, as input costs skyrocket and concerns grow that farmers, particularly dry farmers, are struggling to keep up the forage harvest of the finance next winter.

Fertilizer costs have effectively quadrupled for many farmers, and increased grain prices will impact feed costs next winter.

It is understood that the package rewards farmers with a payment of €100/ha for all silage cuts up to 10ha, meaning farmers are entitled to up to €1,000 each, with payment later in the year.

However, a spokesman for the minister confirmed to Farming Independent that dairy farmers are not eligible for the scheme. While details of the package have yet to be fully confirmed, it was understood that dry cattle farmers were identified as the most vulnerable to next winter’s forage shortages.

ICMSA President Mr Pat McCormack said such a move would send a terrible signal to family dairy farmers and would completely ignore the challenges dairy farmers are facing this year.

Mr McCormack said farmers will be very upset if the minister goes ahead with this decision and the reality is that a person milking 50 dairy cows, for example, will be excluded from support, while a farmer with maybe ten cattle and qualify for an off-the-job income of €500,000. In fact, many of these dairy farmers have signed up to fixed milk price schemes and are currently producing milk at a loss.

How the minister can exclude full-time dairy farms while supporting those with significant non-farm incomes is incredible and another example of our current minister’s anti-dairy bias. Where’s the fairness in that? Costs have risen to unprecedented levels and it is appalling that a minister is considering excluding farmers,” he said. Dairy farmers are excluded from the silage payment

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