Pig farmers to benefit from EU Aid scheme

Date published: 05 May 2017

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) plans to use part of the one-off funding secured under EU Exceptional Adjustment Aid to help pig producers in Northern Ireland participate in a worm control programme.

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The Pig Industry Competitiveness Scheme aims to improve the quality of local pig meat and will cover the cost of in-feed medication for pig herds and the blanket treatment of sows. It will also cover the cost of medication acquired from the veterinary practitioner for the individual treatment of sows prior to farrowing.

To be eligible for the scheme, producers must:

  • have a Category 1 or Category 2 DAERA Farm Business Identification Number;
  • have a representative of the farm business attend a Farm Family Key Skills pig health training course on worm control, through the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE); and
  • obtain written confirmation from their vet that, in their professional opinion, there are, or have been in the last six months, pig endoparasites present in the herd.

Funding will only apply to medication purchased after the producer has been accepted onto the Scheme by DAERA. Further details about the EU Exceptional Adjustment Aid scheme including how producers can apply, will be available on the Department’s website from week commencing 8 May 2017.

It is expected that the closing date for applications for the scheme will be 31 May 2017.

Additional dates for the Farm Family Key Skills pig health training courses are open for registration now:

  • Date: 9 May 2017

Location: Canal Court Hotel, Newry, 7.30pm

  • Date: 16 May 2017

Location: Loughry College, Cookstown, 7.00pm

  • Date: 23 May 2017

Location: Loughry College, Cookstown, 7.00pm

To enrol on a pig health training course, please go to the Farm Family Key Skills page of the CAFRE website. 

Notes to editors: 

  1. All payments under the Scheme must be made by 30 September 2017.
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