Financial aid open for beef farmers
Bob Sheriff from Teagasc, based in Gorey, is urging beef farmers to get in touch with regard to the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM), which aims to provide financial aid to Irish beef farmers, particularly in light of the current pressures in the sector, such as market prices and uncertainty with regard to Brexit.
BEAM is demand-led, and farmers who meet the eligibility criteria must commit themselves to meeting certain conditions in order to qualify for aid, such as being a member of a Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme or a DAFM environmental scheme.
They must also reduce their total production of bovine livestock manure nitrogen per herd by 5% for a target period, for example a year sometime in the future, compared to the same past period as a point of reference.
Dairy herds are not eligible, with the exception of herds of less than 40 dairy cows.
Animals controlled by slaughtering establishments, and dealer or agent herds, are not eligible for this financial aid.
The deadline to apply for BEAM is September 8 and applications can be accepted online through AgFood.ie or by contacting your local Teagasc advisor.
More details on eligibility and rates are available online.