Dáil Éireann - Volume 375 - 24 November, 1987

Written Answers. - Cattle Headage Payments.

46. Mr. Nealon asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when the first cattle headage payments to herd owners in disadvantaged areas were paid out in 1986; the total amount paid out of the 1986 headage before Christmas 1986; and the percentage that amount was of the total payments.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. O'Kennedy): Because of the poor weather conditions in the Spring of 1986 a special advance of £15 per beef cow was paid to cattle headage and beef cow applicants in disadvantaged areas. These advance payments were made on 24 and 25 April 1986 and amounted to £3.9 million.

Payment of the balance due to applicants commenced on 28 November 1986 and by Christmas a total of £43.6 million, including advances, had been paid. This represented 73% of the total payments.

47. Mr. Nealon asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when it is proposed [1494] to start making payments of the cattle headage for herd owners in the disadvantaged areas in respect of 1987; and the percentage of the payments scheduled for payout before Christmas 1987.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. O'Kennedy): It is proposed to start payments under the 1987 cattle and equine headage and beef cow schemes in disadvantged areas before the end of November 1987 and to make about 75% of all payments before Christmas 1987.