The Sheep Improvement Scheme (SIS) is designed to support animal health and welfare in the national flock, and is a continuation of the progress made under the previous Sheep Welfare Scheme. The Scheme provides financial support to farmers for taking extra steps to improve the welfare of their sheep.
For the purposes of year two of the scheme, a new entrant is defined as an applicant who has applied for a new flock number within the period from 1 December 2020 to 31 December 2023. A new entrant can also be an applicant with an existing flock number who has not held or traded in sheep for a three-year period from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2023.
The Sheep Improvement Scheme (SIS) is funded under Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan 2023-2027 and provides support to sheep farmers for carrying out actions that improve animal health and welfare in the sheep sector. The scheme has a budget allocation of €100M.
Applications must be made on agfood.ie. The application opening date was on the 02 February 2024. The closing date for applications is on 29 February 2024.
For more information about the Sheep Improvement Scheme, click here.