The potential annual payment for many farmers under the second tranche of GLAS has been effectively slashed by between €1,500 and €2,000, according to agricultural consultants. Reacting to the changes in the criteria for the scheme announced last week, many planners have said that farmers who could have reached the €5,000 maximum earlier in the year are only able to hit around €3,000 now under GLAS.

The halving in eligible area for Low Input Permanent Pasture (LIPP) from 10ha to 5ha is having the greatest impact, along with the suspension of planting new hedgerows.