Carlow/Kilkenny Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan
Carlow farmers have shared over €666,000 in grant aid under a major efficiency programme, according to Carlow/Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan.
The 305 Carlow herd payments are among more than 2,400 confirmed by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue under the Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme - Suckler (BEEP-S). In total, some €40.4 million has commenced issuing to farmers around the country.
“I am delighted to confirm that payments have now commenced under BEEP-S, building on the range of support schemes available for beef farmers and that there will be no need for a linear cut to the payment rates," the Carlow/Kilkenny TD said.
“The BEEP-S helps to increase economic and environmental efficiency in the suckler herd through improvement in the quantity and quality of performance data collected, with a view to supporting the adoption of best practice and more informed decision making at farm level," Deputy Phelan added.
The programme targets the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves, measuring the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow's live weight. In recognition of the important role of animal health and welfare issues, participants were also encouraged to implement a number of optional health and welfare measures.
Minister Charlie McConalogue said the payments will continue in the coming weeks across a number of the schemes implemented by the Department. "The processing of such payments remains a key priority for my Department," he said.
"In November, €46.6 million payments commenced under the new Beef Finisher Payments, and 2020 payments under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme are also scheduled to commence shortly.
“I am really happy to be able to provide payments under another important scheme for our beef and suckler sectors. We need to be able to support these important sectors as they provide huge benefits to the national and regional economies, while also driving sustainable beef production,” the Minister added.