BEAM deadline extended after only 20,000 of more than 70,000 potentially eligible farmers applied

BEAM deadline extended after only 20,000 of more than 70,000 potentially eligible farmers applied

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has extended the closing date for Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) applications, and announced details of online clinics where his Department will help applicants.

The online application process was scheduled to close next Sunday, September 8, but has been extended to midnight on Sunday, September 15.

Minister Creed said Wednesday that 20,000 farmers had already applied online, but more than 70,000 farmers are potentially eligible for a BEAM payment, and he extended the deadline to facilitate applications from as many of these as possible.

He said, “I am keenly aware that all farmers are dealing with very challenging circumstances at present, and in particular beef farmers. This scheme will provide some additional income support and I encourage anyone who is eligible to apply.”

BEAM clinic dates and locations in Munster are today, September 5, 10 am to 4pm, Brehon Hotel, Muckross Rd, Killarney, Co Kerry; Friday, September 6, 10am to 4pm, Castle Hotel, Main Street, Macroom, Co Cork; Wednesday, September 11, 10am to 2pm, Treacys West County Hotel, Limerick Road, Ennis, Co Clare; Wednesday, September 11, 4pm to 8pm, Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy, Co Limerick; Thursday, September 12, 10am to 4pm, Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

Co-op mart representatives have advised farmers who sold animals at the mart, subsequently slaughtered within 30 days of the sale, they may be eligible for €100 per head from BEAM.

Ray Doyle, Environment and Livestock Executive of ICOS, advised mart sellers to check the onward slaughter date of their animals and apply for BEAM if they are eligible.

“Where an animal has been presented for slaughter by an agent or by a dealer within 30 days of purchase, including those purchased in the mart, payment may be made to the immediate previous herd owner or in respect of the previous eligible herd number, once that herd owner is an applicant”, said Mr Doyle.

“You can do this by checking if your animals were slaughtered within 30 days. You or your agricultural advisor can identify this on your Ag Food Profile.”

BEAM pays €100 per animal subject to a maximum of 100 animals per eligible herd, for cattle aged over 12 months and presented to a slaughtering establishment in the period 24/9/2018 to 12/5/019 inclusive.

But participants must reduce stocking rate by 5% for a target period in 2020-2021.

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