Macra na Feirme has welcomed the reopening of the BEEP scheme but have asked for greater ambition in future schemes.
The rural youth organisation has said that the funding for faecal testing and vaccination are welcome additions to aid the focus on reducing antibiotic and anthelminthic use.
These are areas in future schemes that Macra feels could be strengthened further to incentivise and reward those farms who are driving efficiency.
Macra na Feirme national president, Thomas Duffy, said: “More support will be needed to assure young beef farmers, who are growing their business in challenging times. These farmers were not provided for by BEAM and reopening of BEEP will be useful to some. However, greater ambition is needed in future schemes.”
“This allocation of €35 million is welcome, however greater ambition is needed under the next CAP to make beef a viable option for young farmers where efficient young farmers are properly supported” added Duffy.
The organisation has encouraged all of its members with applicable farms to apply before the May 15th deadline.