Sheep and goat census postal returns deadline extended

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The deadline for postal returns of sheep and goat census forms has been extended to 14th February – the same date for online submissions.

Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue extended the deadline due to some herd keepers experiencing delays with receiving their census forms.

While the deadline for postal returns has been extended to compensate for delays, the Minister said that farmers could always submit their forms online via where they would get real time confirmation of successful submission.

The Minister reminded all registered sheep and goat herd keepers that it is a legal requirement to complete their census forms.

A failure to return a completed form on time could impact on eligibility for certain DAFM schemes.

He also thanked sheep and goat keepers for their ongoing engagement with the census process, where response rates of some 90% are generally achieved.