Further meetings for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme have been announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.

Hosted by the Department, they are part of the ongoing commitment to engage with scheme participants.

Minister Coveney said that these meetings will enable farmers within the scheme to have one to one time with Department, ICBF and Teagasc staff on how participants can best complete the actions under the scheme.

The meetings are also aimed at maximising the potential benefits which the scheme can offer to their farm and look at their own personal circumstances with regards to the requirements they will have to fulfil to ensure full compliance, and therefore full payment, with the scheme.

The Minister also encouraged genomics programme participants to attend these meetings.

Presentations will be made by the Department, Teagasc and the ICBF at the nationwide meetings.

In addition to the presentations and question and answer sessions at the genomics meetings, officials will be available from 5pm on the day to address individual queries. Participants should bring along their individual ICBF report to discuss on the day.

The Department said that details of further information sessions for participants based in counties, Westmeath, Meath, Offaly, Carlow, Laois, Kildare and Wicklow will be made available shortly.

Text messages will issue to those participants who have provided mobile phone numbers to the Department. Participants can also consult the Department of Agriculture website for further information.

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