Flooding December 2015/January 2016 - Assistance Measures and Contact Details
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has put in place the following assistance measures in response to the recent severe flooding.
1. Animal Welfare
(i) Helpline: Callsave: 0761 064408 or 01 607 2379
The Department’s Animal Welfare Helpline is operational for farmers in need of emergency support where there is potential for animal welfare issues e.g . the provision of emergency fodder
(ii) Temporary Movement of Livestock
The Department has relaxed a number of the rules around the movement of animals where the welfare of lives of animals is threatened. Herd Owners should contact the Animal Welfare helpline or their local Veterinary office for further details.
(iii) Flooded Slurry tanks
The Department has put in place special arrangements in the event of flooding of slurry tanks in severely flooded areas. Farmers should contact their local Department office for guidance.
(iv) Teagasc advisory Helpline: Call save 0761 113555
Farmers impacted by flooding are also advised to keep in touch with their Teagasc Adviser for advice.
2. Fodder Aid Scheme 2016
A new scheme of assistance for farmers who have suffered fodder losses as a result of severe flooding during the months of December 2015 and January 2016 has been launched. This support will apply to the loss of silage, hay, straw and concentrates where there is evidence of damage caused by flooding and where the losses are not covered by insurance. On-farm visits will be undertaken by Department personnel to confirm the quantities of fodder lost due to the flooding.
Application Forms and Terms and Conditions for the Scheme are available on the Department’s website from Thursday 7 January, from the Departments local office network, and from Teagasc. The closing date for applications for this scheme is Friday 22nd January 2016.
Queries in relation to the Scheme can be directed to: The Direct Payments Unit (Fodder Aid Section)
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Portlaoise, Co Laois.
Phone No. Callsave 0761 064426
In addition to the above the terms and conditions of a scheme to cover a small number of farmers who have experienced exceptional losses is under consideration at present. This measure may require clearance with the European Commission. Details will be published as soon as possible.
3. Farm Inspections
In the case of farm inspections where significant flooding is evident on farms, force majeure provisions provided in the EU Regulations will be applied by Department Inspectors and sensitivity shown where flood damage is found e.g. fencing missing.