The AAA scheme will not operate next year, following a review undertaken by the Irish Angus Producer Group.
The producer group has issued the following letter to notify its members. “A review of the AAA scheme has taken place and a decision has been reached that this scheme will not operate in 2020.”
“All animals currently booked within the 100 days of slaughter rule will be treated as agreed.
AA or AAX animals sired by a pedigree Angus bull, which meet the following criteria, qualify for the scheme:
- Age and weight - Heifers & Steers must be less than 30 months at slaughter, weight: 230kgs to 380kgs;
- Grades of eligible animals - Grades eligible are E, U, R, O=/+ at Score 2+ to 4+
- Residency of 90 days minimum before date of slaughter;
- Maximum of 3 movements in lifetime (4 farms).
To qualify as a finishing farmer, the candidate must produce a minimum of 50 animals in any one calendar year, while to qualify as a suckler farmer, the candidate must produce a minimum of 20 animals in any one calendar year to qualify.
Animals need to be booked 100 days in advance. Payment of the standard premiums will be made at the time of slaughter and additional AAA payments will be made at the end of the calendar year as follows:
- Off-season production: 40c/kg;
- Standard production: 20c/kg.
Cattle are processed by ABP Food Group or Kepak Group.
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