New BEEP Scheme – What You Need To Know

We delve into the small print to answer the questions farmers will be asking about the new scheme.

The new and improved Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme (BEEP) has been hailed by farm organisations, with some even suggesting that it represents a change in direction by Minister Creed away from cumbersome complicated interventions towards more simplified practical measures.

We took a look at the fine print on the new scheme and answered some of the key questions farmers will be asking:

Optional vaccination or pre-weaning meal feeding, and faecal egg testing for cows, have this year been added to the mandatory weighing action, in BEEP

Optional vaccination or pre-weaning meal feeding, and faecal egg testing for cows, have this year been added to the mandatory weighing action, in BEEP

Who can apply?

Suckler farmers must have one or more beef-breed animals born in the herd between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

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, 2019 and June 30, 2020 and where the weights of both the live calf and their live dams have been recorded and submitted to ICBF to a maximum of 100 calves.

What is the payment rate?

Payment will be €50 for first 10 cow/calf weighing per herd and €40 per cow/calf weighing thereafter.

Meal feeding rates are €30 per calf weighed; vaccination €30 per calf; and faecal egg testing €10 per cow.

How do I apply?

Application may only be made online through www.agfood.ie

Will there be selection criteria applied if it is oversubscribed?

In the event of oversubscription, there will 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

Do you have to be in BEEP 2019 to apply?

No

What is an eligible cow?

A suckler cow which:

Belongs to a beef breed or is sired by a beef breed bull.

Is not used to supply milk commercially.

Is part of a herd intended for rearing calves for meat production.

Rears a calf by suckling.

Is in the ownership and possession of the applicant and maintained on the holding.

Is properly tagged, registered and recorded in accordance with AIM rules.

Is inseminated either through natural service or AI, by a bull of a beef breed.

Gives birth to an eligible live calf, in the applicant’s herd.

Payments of up to €90-cow are available for actions such as weighing, vaccinating and faecal sampling.

Payments of up to €90-cow are available for actions such as weighing, vaccinating and faecal sampling.

What is an eligible calf?

A calf which:

Was born in the herd of the applicant between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020

Belongs to a beef breed, i.e. is born out of an eligible suckler cow and sired by a beef breed bull.

Is part of a herd intended for rearing calves for meat production.

Is in the ownership and possession of the applicant since birth and maintained on the holding.

Calf must be alive at the time of weighing.

Has been tagged and registered with the Department.

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 pure-bred/pedigree bull?

No.

What is the duration of the BEEP?

It is a one-year programme for 2020.

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-S

Will I be paid extra for twins?

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

When will payment issue?

Payments will start in Q4 2020 and applicants will be paid provided all weighings have been submitted and information on additional actions have been recorded, and where necessary, verified.

Where can I weigh my animals?

The animals must be weighed on your holding. Animals must be weighed individually and on the same day.

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-S.

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) Owned, borrowed or using a third-party service provider’s 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 with ICBF.

Where can I get details of the rental model locations?

Info is available on www.icbf.com

If weighing scales was previously registered does it have to be registered again?

No, scales previously registered for BEEP 2019 do not need to be re-registered.

 

Farmers have very little options in terms of where to sell finished organic cattle

Farmers have very little options in terms of where to sell finished organic cattle

Key actions for farmers

Action 1

Weighing and submission of weights to ICBF

Participants must weigh each unweaned calf and its dam and submit weights to ICBF within seven days.

All calves being submitted for weighing must have been born between 01 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Unweaned live calf and dam must be weighed on the applicant’s holding on the same day.

Only scales registered and used in accordance with the requirements of the scheme may be employed.

Weights must be submitted between January 1 and November 1, 2020

Action 2

Applicants have a choice of either:

1. Meal feeding pre-weaning and post-weaning.

Introduce meal feeding for a period of four weeks pre-weaning and two weeks post-weaning to reduce the stress on calves at weaning time and record action.

Calves must be supplemented with compound feeding stuffs containing appropriate minerals and vitamins.

Or 2. Vaccination

Implement a vaccination programme for respiratory diseases in suckler calves and record details.

Action 3

Faecal egg testing

This is targeted at the control of liver and rumen fluke in adult suckler cows. Samples must be submitted to approved laboratories (see Department website) before November 1, 2020.

(Source – Irish Independent – Indo Farming – Ciaran Moran – 19/03/2020)

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