December 6, 2022


Irish farmers to receive over US$51.6 million under new programme


Charlie McConalogue, Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said more than GBP 42 million (~US$51.6 million; GBP 1 = US$1.23) have been allocated to about 30,000 participating farmers nationally under the Beef Sector Efficiency (BEEP-S) and Dairy-Beef programmes, Connaught Telegraph reported.


The minister said farmers have shown a strong preference for these two programmes. They have assisted in driving significant efficiency gains while also providing income support to farmers.


In order to support the adoption of best practises and more informed decision making at the farm level, the BEEP-S programme improves the quantity and quality of performance data collected. This helps to increase economic and environmental efficiency.


By offering support to farmers who are raising offspring from dairy herd, the Dairy-Beef Scheme works to improve the economic and environmental efficiency of beef from the dairy herd and to further facilitate the integration of the dairy and beef sectors.


The BEEP-S programme measured the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow's liveweight with the goal of improving the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves.


The primary activity of the dairy-beef scheme was calf weighing, for which eligible calves were paid GBP 20 (~US$24.61) per calf up to a maximum of 40 calves.


The minister also reminded farmers that the dairy beef welfare programme will remain in place in 2023.


-        Connaught Telegraph

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