Certified Irish Angus will issue a 2023 off-season bonus of 30c/kg to producers this spring; the group has confirmed this week.
It will pay the off-season bonus for cattle slaughtered between April 3rd, 2023, and June 9th, 2023, which is in addition to the Farm Quality Assurance bonus, which ranges from 12c-20c/kg per animal.
Charles Smith, general manager of Certified Irish Angus, said the bonus will provide an opportunity for members by helping them to offset the additional feed and fertiliser costs that are currently being experienced.
He added that it would help them to plan their spring beef production with “additional certainty”.
Availing of bonus
To avail of this premium bonus, farmers must book in animals with Certified Irish Angus before January 23rd, 2023.
Farmers can book in their Angus cattle by downloading the form on the Certified Irish Angus website, emailing [email protected] or logging onto its member’s online portal.
This will allow farmers to book their Angus cattle for slaughter online with its processor partners, ABP & Kepak.
Members who have ICBF Herd Plus will also be provided with details of the terminal index of each animal as they make their online booking.
The Certified Irish Angus Elite Breed Improvement Programme aims to improve the environmental and economic sustainability of its 12,000 active farmer members.
This programme has integrated a “top-quality” bull (Drumcrow Tribesman) in partnership with Dovea Genetics through AI.
The group also calls on pedigree breeders to avail of sexed semen and to produce top-quality stock bulls using Drumcrow Tribesman genetics.
Pedigree breeders that genotype male progeny, which is part of the programme, can avail of an €80 subsidy.
Along with this, there are plans to introduce additional bulls to the programme in 2023.
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