Michael Creed – The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine – launched the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) with a funding provision of €20 million in January.
The new scheme will target the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves - measuring the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow's live weight.
The funding available will allow for payment equivalent of up to a maximum of €40 per calf.
Animals must be weighed on-farm using a weighing platform and indicator. The platform is placed in a cattle crush and animals are weighed as they pass over it.
An owned/borrowed scales can be used or a scales can be rented; they will have to be registered with ICBF before animals can be weighed.
Details on renting scales will be available over the coming weeks, according to the ICBF.
- All suckler calves (beef sire x beef dam) born from July 1st 2018-June 30th 2019 and their dams are eligible;
- Calves must be weighed before they are weaned;
- Cows and calves must be weighed on the same day;
- Weights must be submitted between March 9th-November 1st to the ICBF database within 7 days of the animals being weighed on-farm.
- The ICBF said that the optimum time to weigh a suckler calf is approximately six months of age as calf’s dam will be no more than 4-5 months in-calf.
If you have any queries relating to the BEEP scheme, contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on 076 1064420 or email - email@example.com.
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