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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnanehttps://www.thatsfarming.com/
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Am I eligible for the one-year National Beef Welfare Scheme?

The National Beef Welfare Scheme

The Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) has opened its new one-year voluntary NBWS – National Beef Welfare Scheme – which aims to further increase the economic efficiency of and enhance animal welfare and husbandry on suckler farms.

The scheme is open to all suckler-beef farmers who commit to completing the two mandatory actions required for the full duration of the scheme.

Unlike the previous BEEP-S, there is no flexibility to choose among measures.

Measures:

  • 1 – IBR testing – read more in this news article;
  • 2 – Meal feeding – read more in this news article.
To be eligible to apply for the scheme, applicants must be:
  • Aged 18 years or over on the date of submission of the application;
  • Be a holder of an active herd number with herd owner status – herd keeper status is not acceptable;
  • Be farming a holding in respect of which a BISS application is submitted in 2023 to the DAFM;
  • Be a suckler-beef farmer – has eligible calves born to eligible suckler cows in the period: July 1st, 2022, to June 30th, 2023.
An eligible suckler cow shall mean a suckler cow which: 
  • Belongs to a beef breed or is sired by a beef breed bull;
  • Is not a cow used to supply milk commercially;
  • Is part of a herd intended for rearing calves for meat production;
  • Rears a calf by suckling;
  • Is in the ownership and possession of the applicant and maintained on the holding;
  • Is tagged, registered, and recorded in
  • In accordance with AIM rules. EC Regulation 1760/2000 refers;
  • Is inseminated either through natural service or AI, by a bull of a beef breed;
  • Gives birth to an eligible live calf, in the applicant’s herd, which is tagged and registered to that cow in accordance with EU Regulation 1760/2000.
An ‘eligible calf’ shall mean a calf which:
  • Was born in the herd of the applicant between July 1st, 2022, and June 30th, 2023;
  • Belongs to a beef breed, i.e. is born out of an eligible suckler cow and sired by a beef breed bull;
  • Is part of a herd intended for rearing calves for meat production;
  • Is in the ownership and possession of the applicant since birth and maintained on the holding;
  • Has been tagged and registered with the DAFM’s Registration Agency, Clonakilty, Co. Cork within 27 days of birth in accordance with EU Regulation 1760/2000;
  • Failure to register a calf within 27 days of birth will  result  in  the  animal;
  • being ineligible for payment. It is the farmer’s responsibility to ensure that the registration is received by the registration agency within 27 days of birth;
  • Where the herd has both a milking herd and a beef herd, only calves reared by their mother are eligible calves.
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