86% of suckler farmers are unsatisfied with the BEEP scheme that will deliver a payment of €40/suckler cow - that's according to a poll conducted by That's Farming.
Minister Creed announced details of a €20 million Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) scheme as part of Budget 2019.
The Minister highlighted the scheme is not exclusive to BDGP participants and is therefore open to all suckler beef farmers.
He outlined that the BEEP scheme is an "important development" of the BDGP principle as it is “incentivising the collection of further data”.
The new initiative is focused around measuring weanling efficiency - the weight of the weanling relevant to the weight of the cow.
The BEEF scheme will deliver a payment of €40/weanling, on the assumption of 500,000 weanlings participating, Creed stressed.
"Weanling efficiency is a deficit in the data that we currently have and this will generate additional data that I think will accelerate the journey to a far more carbon efficient suckler beef herd," Creed told a media briefing last week.
In a poll conducted by That's Farming, 73% of farmers said that the weighing of cattle is not a standard practice on their farm.
Creed said that he hopes the scheme will available to applicants in the "early summer" and in response to this, we asked our readers if they will apply for the scheme.
53% of farmers said they will not apply for the BEEP scheme, while 47% said that they will submit an application.