BEEP applications period starts next Monday

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.

Who can apply?

Suckler farmers must have one or more beef breed animals born in the herd between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

What number of animals will be paid on?

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.

What is the payment rate?

Payment will be no more than €40 per eligible calf.

Can I apply to the department online?

Yes, an online facility will be available to apply for the BEEP. Farmers can apply themselves, using the online portal at www.agfood.ie.

Where do I get a paper application form?

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.

Will selection criteria be applied, if it is oversubscribed?

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.

Do you have to be in the BDGP to apply?

No, farmers that are not in BDGP can apply for BEEP.

Is a Friesian calf bred from a Charolais cow eligible?

No. The bull used must be of a beef breed.

Does the sire (bull) have to be a purebred/pedigree bull?

No.

What is the duration of the BEEP?

It is a one year pilot for 2019.

Is the reference number of animals for BDGP linked to BEEP?

There is no connection between the reference number of animals for BDGP and BEEP.

Will I be paid extra for twins?

Yes, provided weights are recorded for the cow and both calves.

When will payment issue?

Payments will commence in December, 2019, and applicants will be paid provided all weighings have been submitted and recorded correctly.

Where can I weigh my animals?

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.

What are the options available to get scales?

There are two options available to herd-owners for the recording of weight data as part of BEEP.

These are:

  • A rental model, whereby participants rent scales from an approved field service agent to undertake the BEEP weight recording process.
  • Or an owned, borrowed or third party service model, whereby participants have access to a set of scales, and they are availing of these scales to undertake the BEEP weight recording process. Where a farmer uses their own scales or one belonging to a third party, these scales have to be pre-registered using the procedure in the terms and conditions.

Where can I get details of the rental model locations?

Information will be made available on the www.icbf.com website.

What is the correct procedure for weighing cows and calves?

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.

Where can I enter the weights?

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.

When can I start to submit weights?

Weights must be submitted between March 8, 2019, and November 1, 2019.

Will I be inspected for this Scheme?

Inspections in relation to BEEP will be undertaken, to ensure that data submitted under the pilot is accurate.

Where are all details of the scheme set out?

All details of the scheme are set out in the terms and conditions document available on the Department’s www.agriculture.gov.ie website.


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