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Parliamentary questions
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27 May 2021
Question for written answer  E-002824/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Chris MacManus (The Left)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Animal welfare

There has been a continued depression in wool prices, primarily as a result of recent volatility in Chinese demand. The reduction in the price of wool has resulted in farmers receiving payments marginally above breakeven after the cost of clipping is factored in. This raises an animal welfare concern, as clipping is necessary for good animal health.

Currently, farmers choose two of a number of options in the interests of sheep welfare, and receive a payment of EUR 20 per breeding ewe. The amendment sought would see all farmers undertaking the third additional practice of clipping, with an additional payment of approximately EUR 2.5 to 3 per breeding ewe.

Can the Commission confirm whether it would look favourably upon a request from the Irish Government to amend the Sheep Welfare Scheme, in the interests of animal welfare?

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