The Department of Agriculture have recently released the requirements of the new Beef Data and Genomics Programme.

Requirement 1 – Calving details
Register all new born calves within 27 days of birth, provide sire number and complete survey relating to calving ease.
Requirement 2 – Surveys
Complete a range of surveys relating to the calves, cows and bulls in the applicant’s herd.
Requirement 3 – Genotyping
Genotype all of the animals specified by the ICBF. Each year, the number to be genotyped will be equivalent to 60% of the number of reference animals on an applicant’s holding in 2014.
Requirement 4 – Replacement strategy

Stock bull –  Under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme at least one stock bull on the holding on June 30 2019 must be a bull that has been genotyped 4 or 5 star on either the Terminal or Replacement index and this, or a similar 4 or 5 star bull, must be retained on the holding until 30 June 2020.

Applicants are strongly advised to introduce 4 or 5 star bulls at the next replacement date to avoid compliance difficulties.

AI –When using AI, at least 80% of the AI used must be from 4 or 5 star bulls on the Terminal or Replacement index. This applies from 30th June 2016.

Leased bulls – Where it is the practice of the applicant to lease a bull, he/she must notify the Department by 30 June 2016 of his/her intention to do so during the course of the scheme. Specific conditions apply – see T&C’s.

Female beef replacements – Applicants will be required to ensure that a percentage of his/her heifers/eligible Suckler cows are genotyped females that are:

(i) 4 or 5 stars on the replacement index (see T&C’s for specific conditions).
(ii) at least 16 months old and (iii) born in 2013 or later.

The number of beef heifers/eligible suckler cows meeting these requirements on each holding on 31st October 2018 must be equivalent to 20% of the number of the applicant’s reference animals (established based on 2014 stocking levels) and on 31st October 2020 must be equivalent to 50% of the applicant’s reference animals.

Requirement 5 – Carbon Navigator
Applicants must complete a carbon navigator with an approved advisor before 31 October 2016 and provide data for it to be annually updated. This is a tool which estimates the potential green house gas reductions and financial savings that could be made on each farm.
Requirement 6 – Training
Applicants must attend a training course relating to this scheme before 31 October 2016.


Payment under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme will be made at the rate of €142.50 for each of the first 6.66 hectares of eligible forage area and €120 on the remaining eligible forage area.

The eligible hectares on which an applicant is entitled to claim will be equal to the number of calved cows on his/her holding in 2014 (known as reference animals) divided by a standard stocking rate of 1.5.

This is subject to a limit which is set by the eligible forage land declared by the applicant on his/her 2014 SPS application.