Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has announced a programme of events for the 29,000 Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) participants.
The programme will include dedicated BDGP farm walks, and engagement via trade media.
However, the key element will be a series of nationwide information meetings for participants hosted by the Department of Agriculture in the coming weeks.
“The BDGP is a new and innovative programme from which almost 30,000 Irish suckler farmers will benefit over the next six years,” said Minister Coveney.
“It’s a world first in terms of bringing genomic technology to beef farming and can revolutionise beef breeding in this country and help to drive on-farm profitability while adding greatly to our national sustainability agenda.”
The information meetings will commence on Monday, October 12, in Gleneagle Hotel Killarney, Co Kerry. The second meeting is on Wednesday in Silver Springs Hotel, Cork; the third meeting is on Thursday in Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Co Wexford.
The sessions start at 8pm and will be preceded by one on one sessions with farmers to discuss any issues that they might not want to bring up at the main meetings.
The information meetings will be organised by the Department with presentations on the evening also by ICBF and Teagasc focussing on how participants can best complete the actions under the scheme, while also maximising the potential benefits which the scheme can offer to the their farm.
In addition to the presentations and Q&A sessions, the Department and ICBF will also have its staff available for individual queries.
Further meetings will be arranged in Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Limerick, Cavan, Donegal for the subsequent two week period and details will be announced shortly. Scheme participants will be contacted directly to inform them of upcoming meetings.
Minister Coveney said: “I committed in July when I wrote to each scheme participant to ensure that my department, along with ICBF would work in partnership with suckler farmers to help them achieve their goals under the scheme.
“The programme of events over the next few weeks will be the next stage in this participation. The experience with individual farmers at my department’s stand at the Ploughing Championships was that any remaining concerns that participants had were very much alleviated by engagement with staff on the department’s stand.
"I would encourage all participants to use the opportunity to engage with my department and ICBF.”
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