Payments under the Beef Sector Efficiency Programmes and Dairy-Beef programme have commenced, the DAFM has confirmed today (Friday).
In total, over €42 million has commenced issuing to some 30,000 participating farmers.
The BEEP-S programme aims to increase economic and environmental efficiency in the suckler herd through improvement in the quantity and quality of performance data collected.
The BEEP-S programme targeted the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves, measuring the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow’s liveweight.
Participants were also encouraged to implement a number of optional health and welfare measures, including pre-weaning meal feeding, vaccination programmes and faecal testing.
On the other hand, the Dairy-Beef Scheme aims to help to increase the economic and environmental efficiency of beef from the dairy herd.
Also, it aims to facilitate further the integration of the dairy and beef sectors by providing support for farmers who are rearing progeny from the dairy herd.
The core action for this scheme was the weighing of eligible calves, for which there was a payment of €20/calf up to a maximum of 40 calves.
BPS and YFS
The news comes just hours after the DAFM confirmed the roll-out of balancing BPS and YFS payments.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, €373 million began issuing yesterday (Thursday).
According to Minister McConalogue, since mid-October, the DAFM has paid out €767 million in BPS advance payments to 118,000 farmers.
Some 98% of all eligible farmers have received a 70% advance payment.
The minister also confirmed that payments under the 2022 Young Farmers Scheme also commenced yesterday.
According to the DAFM, payments will be visible in farmers’ bank accounts in the coming days.
The department will continue to process, as a matter of urgency, all remaining cases for payment as any outstanding queries are addressed.
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