Exclusive Irish Farmers Journal analysis has shown that suckler farmers, deeply reliant on direct payments, are facing cuts that will see their total payments fall to half their original “decoupled payment” level in 2002.

A deep examination of a 50-cow suckler farmer, looking at how their overall payment has evolved since the Fischler reforms were introduced, shows that an original basic payment of over €29,000 will fall below €16,500 by 2026.