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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
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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List: 30 breeds that do not qualify for BEEP-S

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has published a list of non-beef breeds that do not qualify for the BEEP-S Scheme.

An eligible suckler cow shall mean a suckler cow which, as set out by the DAFM:

  • Belongs to a beef breed or is sired by a beef breed bull;
  • Is part of a herd intended for rearing calves for meat production;
  • Rears a calf by suckling;
  • Is not a cow used to supply milk commercially;
  • Is in the ownership and possession of the applicant and maintained on the holding;
  • Tagged, registered and recorded in accordance with AIM rules;
  • Inseminated by 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 a farmer tags and registers to that cow as per the EU Regulation 1760/2000.


A beef breed, as the department defines, shall mean any breed except the following:

  1. Angler Rotvieh (Angeln)-Rod-dansk maelkerace (RMD);
  2. Ayrshire;
  3. Armoricaine;
  4. Blue Albion;
  5. Bretonne Pie-Noire;
  6. Brown Swiss;
  7. Fries Hollands (FH);
  8. Francaise frisonne pie noire (FFPN);
  9. Friesian-Holstein, Holstein;
  10. Black and White Friesian;
  11. Red and White Friesian;
  12. Frisona Espanola;
  13. Frisona Italiana;
  14. Zwartbonten van Belgie/Pie noire de Belgique;
  15. Sortbroget dansk maelkerace (SDM);
  16. Deutsche Schwarzbunte;
  17. Schwarzbunte Milchrasse (SMR);
  18. Groninger Blaarkop;
  19. Guernsey;
  20. Jersey;
  21. Malkekorthorn;
  22. Normande;
  23. Norwegian Red;
  24. Swedish Red;
  25. Danish Red;
  26. Reggiana and Valdostana Nera;
  27. Itasuomenkarja;
  28. Lansisuomenkarja;
  29. Rotbunt;
  30. Pohjoissuomenkarja.

The scheme aims to further increase environmental and economic efficiency in the suckler herd through improvement in the quality of quantity of performance data collection.

The Beef Sector Efficiency Programme 2022 targets three main areas:

  • The weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves through the collection of live weights;
  • Improving suckler calf welfare at the time of weaning;
  • Controlling liver fluke in adult suckler cows.

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