The Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D, has launched the new €40 million BEEP-S pilot for 2021.
He has advised farmers and advisors that the scheme opens today (Tuesday, March 16th, 2021).
Applications for the scheme can be lodged through agfood.ie with the closing date on Monday, April 26th.
BEEP (S) has a funding provision of €40 million in 2021 and targets the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves by measuring the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow’s live weight.
Applicants to the scheme can also select from a number of optional health and welfare measures including:
- 2) Meal feeding or vaccination of weanlings;
- 3) And/or faecal egg testing of suckler cows.
“The 2021 BEEP–S scheme builds on the success of the scheme in 2020, in which to date, €40.46 million has been paid out to 24,430 participants.”
He outlined that under BEEP–S, participants may be eligible for up to €90 for the first 10 suckler cow/calf pairs per herd and up to €80 per pair, thereafter subject, to an overall maximum of 100 pairs per herd, if all actions under the scheme are applied for and completed in full in accordance with the scheme terms and conditions.
Minister McConalogue added, “BEEP-S is the latest in a line of support I have rolled out for our suckler and beef farmers.
“I secured €85 million in Budget 2021 for a range of measures to support sustainable suckler and beef farming.”
“Also, I secured €6 million to promote our suckler beef abroad and we are working on developing a PGI status for Irish grass-fed beef.”
“I am committed to the continued support of our suckler and beef sectors. Our farmers continue to produce a top-class product and the suckler cow helps generate balanced regional economic development.”
The Minister concluded by reminding farmers and advisors that “applications must be done online at agfood.ie and to ensure their application is actually submitted, rather than having a status as a “draft application” on agfood.ie”.