A farmer, whose application for the Sheep Welfare Sheep was deemed ineligible for payment because he failed to use a Department-approved independent laboratory, has been unsuccessful in appealing the decision.
The case is one of the examples provided in the 2019 annual report of the Agriculture Appeals Office.
The farmer applied for the scheme in question on January 25th, 2018.
The appellant submitted in his grounds of appeal that they were not aware that their vet had switched laboratories but that they had trusted their vet and that the laboratory results were correct.
The appellant submitted that there was a drought in 2018 and also there was also a family bereavement.
“The Appeals Officer took into consideration the requirements in the Terms and Conditions of the Sheep Welfare Scheme 2018 (Section 13 Scheme Actions Parasite control (Faecal egg count) and Annex 1 of the Terms and Conditions).”
“The Appeals Officer found that the onus is on the farmer to use a Department-approved laboratory to carry out the test.” the report explained.