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Dairy Efficiency Programme - An Overview

Following the Health Check agreement, article 68(1) of Council Regulation (EC) 73/2009 makes provision for the use of unspent Single Payment Scheme funds to address specific disadvantages affecting farmers in the dairy sector. A total of €6 million will be made available in each of 2010, 2011 and 2012 to support a Dairy Efficiency Programme that will encourage efficiency gains on dairy farms through the adoption of best practice in relation to grassland management, breeding and financial management via participation in discussion groups.

Full details are available from Meat and Milk Policy Division, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 or Tel. 01-6072417 and on the Department's website: www.agriculture.gov.ie .