Budget 2021 provides €102 million in specific targeted supports for livestock farming, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.
He highlighted that €85 million has been allocated for specific supports to sustainable beef farming.
- Over €40 million for the extension of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme during the transition period before the next CAP.
“This scheme is a significant support for participating farmers, as well as having delivered measurable improvements in the economic and environmental performance of the suckler herd as a whole.”
An optional extension will be offered to all those who have met the requirements of the scheme and who commit to maintaining those requirements.
Current participants are again reminded that they must meet all scheme requirements by end of October 2020 in order to be eligible for payment in 2020 and to enable them to stay on in the scheme for 2021.
McConalogue expects that the scheme will benefit in the region of 22,000 farmers next year.
- €45 million has been allocated for the Beef Sector Efficiency Pilot.
This scheme will build on the success of the BEEP-S scheme this year, aiming to improve the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves by recording weights, and also optional animal health and welfare measures, he outlined.
This provides for a maximum payment per suckler cow/calf pair of €90 per head for the first 10 suckler cows, and €80 thereafter.
€5m for weighing dairy-bred calves
Next year’s scheme will also contain €5 million for a new calf weighing measure to support beef farmers rearing dairy beef calves.
Minister McConalogue stated, “I believe that there is real potential for better integration of dairy and beef systems, to provide a new income stream for beef farmers.”
He expects that the scheme as a whole will benefit in the region of 32,000 farmers next year.’
“The sheep sector is vitally important to some of the most disadvantaged parts of rural Ireland” McConalogue commented.
“I am, therefore, allocating, €17 million to allow for the rollover of the Sheep Welfare Scheme during the transition period before the next CAP.”
“This scheme has been shown to be effective, and sheep farmers have engaged very well with it. I expect that the scheme will benefit in the region of 18,000 farmers next year.”
“This package as a whole will support livestock farmers to improve the economic and environmental performance of their herds, while providing valuable income support for the sector,” he concluded.