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Catherina Cunnane
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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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BDGP 2021: Deadline looming with text messages to issue

The deadline extending participation in BDGP in 2021 is looming.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., advised today that eligible participants, who had not yet engaged with his Department to indicate their interest in continuing in the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) for 2021, will be receiving an SMS text message today from his Department.

55% of eligible participants have responded to date, and of these 98% have applied to continue in the scheme for 2021.

BDGP 2021

“I am pleased to see the numbers who are opting to continue to participate in the schemes in 2021 while the new CAP regulations are being finalised.”

“I also wish to remind those participants in BDGP who have not replied to date that the deadline for their responses is January 15th, 2021.”

A text message will issue today to those who have not yet responded asking if they wish to extend their BDGP participation by one year, with the option to reply ‘DAFM Y’ (for Yes) or ‘DAFM N’ (for No).

They will have three days from receipt of the text message to reply.  A text message can only issue where the Department has a valid mobile phone number on record for that farmer.

“I am very aware of the importance of this scheme for the farming community. It not only provides a significant financial boost for both individual farmers and the wider rural economy with over €254 million paid out since it started 2015, but the scheme also helps reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time introducing genetic technology into the national herd thereby improving farm profitability.“

Payments worth more than €37.8 million have already issued in respect of BDGP for 2020 with an average payment per participant of some €1,800.

“For those who are eligible to apply for the extended participation, there is very little extra effort needed in meeting the requirements for 2021.”

A list of BDGP 2021 requirements can be found here.

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