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  • Writer's picturePippa Hackett

Opening of Multi-Species Sward and Red Clover Silage Measures

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D. has announced the opening of the 2024 Multi-Species Sward and Red Clover Silage Measures.

Pictured with Minister Ossian Smith and Cllr Mark Hackett on our farm

Launching the measures, Minister McConalogue said:

“Following on from the success of the two previous years programmes, I welcome the reopening of these two measures which will expand on the areas already established. As part of the on-going commitment by this government to support and improve the sustainability of farming, the 2024 budget will be €2.5 million for the measures. A payment rate of up to €300/ha has been retained and will allow for the continuing support in establishing these swards that assist farmers reduce their chemical fertilise usage.”

The Minister continued:

“The establishment of Red Clover Silage and Multi Species Swards create opportunities for farmers to improve the environmental and sustainability of their farming systems. These swards have several positive effects including; helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving biodiversity and water quality, while contributing to sustainability and productivity of Irish farmers. Research from Teagasc and UCD has shown that multi-species swards reduce dependency on chemical nitrogen while maintaining forage quality and quantity. Teagasc has shown red clover silage can lead to higher animal intake and increased liveweight gains or increased milk and protein yields.”

Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett said:

“The development of Red Clover Silage and Multi Species Swards is hugely positive for farmers. It allows farmers to explore the use of these crops within their farming system and offers real opportunities to reduce the use of inputs. Today’s measures are further evidence of the government’s support for farmers who wish to move to more environmentally sustainable methods of farming. These swards will have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and water quality. They also provide a strong economic benefit to farmers are hugely important for the future of Irish farming.”

Concluding, the Minister McConalogue said:

“To simplify the application process in 2024, applications can now be made through the BISS online application system. This enhancement will make it easier than ever to apply for the measures and streamlines the process for both farmers and agents. I am very confident of the continuing interest and support of the initiative from the farming community.”


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