The Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme – Sucklers (BEEP-S) under the new Beef Sector Efficiency Pilot for 2021 has opened today (Tuesday, March 16).
Applications for the scheme can be lodged through agfood.ie with the closing date on Monday April 26.
BEEP-S has a funding provision of €40 million in 2021 and targets the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves by measuring the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow’s live weight.
In recognition of the crucial role of animal health and welfare in economic and environmental efficiency, applicants to the scheme can also select from a number of optional health and welfare measures including meal feeding or vaccination of weanlings and/or faecal egg testing of suckler cows.
Similar to last year’s scheme, farmer participants have mandatory actions worth €50 for the first 10 weanling/cow pairings and €40 thereafter from 11 up to 100 weanlings.
Two optional actions are also available: vaccination or meal feeding at weaning, worth €30 per pairing; and faecal egg testing, worth €10 per pairing.
Applications must be done online at agfood.ie and to ensure their application is actually submitted, rather than having a status as a “draft application” on agfood.ie.