The deadline for completion of work under the TAMS Sow Welfare Scheme has been extended from the end of September to February 28, 2014, Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD announced. The minister indicated that he was aware that a small group of farmers had been unable to complete the investment works concerned by the September deadline, therefore he decided to extend the deadline.

All farmers who intend to claim grant-aid under the scheme, implemented in July 2012 to assure pork producers were in compliance with EU animal welfare standards, must now complete the works and lodge a final payment claim with his department by that February 28, 2014.   The same final deadline will also be applicable to any farmers still completing work under the 2005 and 2007 Sow Welfare Schemes operated by Coveney's department.

Coveney reiterated that this final extension for completion of work under the scheme is not an extension of the deadline for compliance with sow welfare legislation. He also reminded farmers that it is an offense to keep pigs in non-compliant housing after January 1, 2013.