ACQUIRING ADDITIONAL QUOTA
EU quotas operate in three commodity areas, milk, sheep and suckler cows.
How can a farmer acquire extra milk quota?
Either through land purchase, land lease, land transfer or schemes operated
by the Department of Agriculture and co-ops (no land involved).
What category of milk producer has access to quota?
IFA has been instrumental in ensuring that farmers with less than 35,000
gallons have priority access to quota available through
What amount of milk has gone through co-op restructuring schemes (1990 - 1997)?
87.4 m. gallons have been allocated, 72.7 m. gallons of which have been
allocated to farmers below 30,000 gallons (or 35,000 gallons since 1996)
- who have absolute priority.
How much milk has the Milk Quota Tribunal given out since it was established in 1989?
6.7 m. gallons have been allocated to 6,000 applicants. Quota is allocated
for use only, it cannot be transferred and is returned to the National
Reserve when a producer ceases milk production.
What about flexi-milk?
Flexi-milk is unused milk quota at co-op and national level at the end of the
quota year. 70% of it is available to producers with less than 35,000
Are smaller producers catered for under the Temporary Leasing Scheme?
Yes. 75% of the pool is available to smaller producers (less than 35,000
gallons), with special priority given to regular users.
SUCKLER COW QUOTA RESERVE
Suckler cow quota is available for distribution free of charge annually to
smaller farmers who need additional quota from the National Reserve. This
quota arises due to unused quota, clawback, deductions etc. Since 1993, a
total of 138,175 suckler cow quota rights have been given out to 21,628
smaller farmers, an average increase of 6.4 suckler cows per farmer.
What are the criteria for eligibility?
There are two criteria. First time applicants in 1998, who are under 35
years of age and suitably qualified, and farmers who require additional
quota to ensure viability of the holding.
Is there an income criteria?
Yes. In each category the total income including spouse / partners must not
exceed £16,883 and any off-farm income included in total income must not
exceed £11,000. It is important to have the necessary documentation to
prove your case.
How do I apply?
Apply to the Department of Agriculture (quota section), Castlebar, County
Mayo, normally in early January of each year.
EWE PREMIUM QUOTA RESERVE
Like the Suckler Cow Quota, Ewe Premium Quota arises as a result of clawback,
deductions, and forfeiting of rights by individuals. Since 1993, the sheep
quota national reserve has allocated 354,312 quota rights to 9,100 deserving
farmers, free of charge. This is an average allocation of 39 ewes per
What are the criteria of eligibility?
There are three categories.
a) Farmers under 35 years of age and who will be applying for
ewe premium for the first time.
b) Where the viability of the holding is at risk due to the operation
of the quota limits.
c) First time applicants in 1998 over 35 years of age.
What are the income criteria?
In each category the total income must not exceed £16,883. Any off-farm
income must not exceed £13,000.
Who do I apply to?
Apply to the Department of Agriculture, Quota Section, Castlebar,
County Mayo, normally in early January of each year.