Everything You Need To Know About The New €40 Calf Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot Scheme

The Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced the launch of the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP), with a funding provision of €20m in 2019.

BEEP will target 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.

The BEEP will target the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves

The BEEP will target the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves

Who can apply?

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

How will it work?

Farmers will apply to the Department to participate. They will then weigh their animals as outlined in the terms and conditions  by either using the scales rental model (subject to rental T&Cs) which has been put in place or by using privately owned scales which have been registered with ICBF for the purposes of the pilot.

Requirement 1 - All Calves being submitted for weighing must have been born between 01 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.

Requirement 2 – Unweaned Live Calf and Dam must be weighed on the applicants holding on the same day.

Requirement 3 – Only scales registered and used in accordance with the requirements of Annex 1 may be employed for the purposes of this Pilot.

Requirement 4 – Weights must be submitted between 08 March 2019 and 01 November 2019 in accordance with Annex 1.

It is important to note that as this is a one year, exchequer funded pilot, all payments must be made in 2019 and therefore the timelines outlined in the terms and conditions must be strictly adhered to.

What number of animals will be paid on?

Payment will only be made on the number of unweaned calves born on the holding between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 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 4 February to 22 February 2019.

Will there be selection criteria applied if it is oversubscribed?

There is an overall budget of €20 Million 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 Fresian 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 cow and both calves.

When will payment issue?

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

Where can I weigh my animals?

The 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 T&Cs

Weighing Scales

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: (i) a Rental model, whereby participants rent scales from an approved field service agent to undertake the BEEP weight recording process, or (ii) 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.

An overview of the process to follow for weight recording according to each of these options is given below.

B. Owned, borrowed or using a third party service providers’ scales. This is where a farmer can use their own scales or one belonging to a third party. These scales will have to be pre-registered using the procedure in the T & C’s.

Where can I get details of the rental model locations?

Information will be made available on www.icbf.com

What is the correct procedure for weighing cows and calves?

This is set out in the T&C’s, which must be followed. ICBF will send each farmer the most suitable timeframe, based on calving pattern of each herd.

Where can I enter the weights?

The preferred method will be electronic options including smartphone apps, 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 008 March 2019 and 01 November 2019.

Will I be inspected for this Scheme?

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

(Source – Irish Independent – Indo Farming – Farmland Team – 30/01/2019)

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