What does headage mean?

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Noun
  1. The number of stock animals (head) on a farm.
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To change the system of payment will lead to income losses mostly on suckler cow and sheep farms that are highly dependent on headage.
We don't spend our time sniping at farmers' headage payments.
Since the beginning of this year, some 1.3 million cheques have been issued to farmers under the various livestock headage and premium schemes.
That you would need a doctorate in nuclear physics to understand fully the rules governing ewe premiums and headage payments and special density premiums.
He also noted that EU direct payments, especially headage payments, to farmers will increase again this year.
In the long term, support from government and from the EU cannot be based on headage payments and production subsidies.

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