The Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) targeted support for suckler farmers is a pilot scheme for 2019 only, exchequer funded, and operated under state aid de minimis provisions.
Suckler farmers must have one or more beef breed animals born in the herd between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
Payment will only be made on the number of unweaned calves born on the holding between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, and where the weights of both the live calf and their live dams have been recorded and submitted to ICBF.
Payment will be no more than €40 per eligible calf.
Yes, an online facility will be available to apply for the BEEP. Farmers can apply themselves, using the online portal at www.agfood.ie.
To reduce errors and speed up the processing of applications, we encourage applicants to apply online through the agfood.ie portal.
Paper application forms are available from the Beef Schemes section in Portlaoise. The application period is from February 4 to February 22, 2019.
There is an overall budget of €20m set for the programme. In the event of oversubscription, there may be a linear reduction to each payment.
No, farmers that are not in BDGP can apply for BEEP.
No. The bull used must be of a beef breed.
It is a one year pilot for 2019.
There is no connection between the reference number of animals for BDGP and BEEP.
Yes, provided weights are recorded for the cow and both calves.
Payments will commence in December, 2019, and applicants will be paid provided all weighings have been submitted and recorded correctly.
The unweaned animals must be weighed on your holding. Animals must be weighed individually and on the same day. All details relating to scales, weighing procedure, and recording weights are in the terms and conditions.
There are two options available to herd-owners for the recording of weight data as part of BEEP.
Information will be made available on the www.icbf.com website.
This is set out in the terms and conditions, which must be followed.
ICBF will send each farmer the most suitable timeframe, based on the clving pattern of each herd.
The preferred method will be electronic options including smartphone apps, the ICBF webpage, and farm software.
An official paper form will also be available from ICBF.
Weights must be submitted between March 8, 2019, and November 1, 2019.
Inspections in relation to BEEP will be undertaken, to ensure that data submitted under the pilot is accurate.
All details of the scheme are set out in the terms and conditions document available on the Department’s www.agriculture.gov.ie website.