In launching the Animal Welfare Sheep Scheme, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed acknowledged the sheep sector has had to be patient in receiving Government assistance. He rightly summed up that the scheme won’t be a game changer, rather a recognition of a sector that he described as an integral part of rural Ireland which is contributing positively to Ireland’s exports.

The minister must be commended for recognising the vulnerabilities of the sector and in particular that a high percentage of the farmers who will benefit from the scheme are in areas with low prospects for alternative employment.