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Expressions of Interest - Laboratory Service under the Sheep Welfare Scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has introduced a Sheep Welfare Scheme for the sheep sector in 2017. This scheme will provide support to sheep farmers with breeding flocks who undertake to carry out a number of actions aimed at improving the welfare of sheep flocks.

As part of the menu of actions that a farmer may choose from, a farmer may choose to carry out a parasite control programme which will be based on using Faecal Egg Count results for appropriate targeted treatment of internal parasites.

Participants in the scheme with lowland flocks who choose this action will be required to carry out two FECs between 1st June and 30th September in the year of participation of the scheme. Participants with hill flocks who choose this action will be required to carry out one FEC within four weeks of weaning their lambs.

Any laboratory who wishes to provide this service to participants under the Sheep Welfare Scheme should register their interest in doing so by reply to the following email address: sheepscheme@agriculture.gov.ie no later than Friday 27th January 2017. If you register your interest in this matter you will be contacted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and receive further information with regard to participation by your laboratory as a laboratory approved to carry out FECs for participants in the Sheep Welfare Scheme.