Would a new suckler scheme help the beef industry? Some think so, but the Minister for Agriculture has shut down the suggestion.
In a Dáil discussion this week, the Minister was asked to address the suggestion of a new €200 per cow suckler payment.
Creed has made statements on the matter, claiming that the cost of such a scheme would be far too much. He calculates that a €200/cow suckler payment would amount to more than €200 million in one year.
He adds that the linear cuts across all Basic Payment Scheme participants would need to be enforced if the scheme was to be put in place.
The implementation of a specific coupled payment for suckler cows would also ‘inevitably result in additional actions being required to be carried out by farmers’, adds Creed.
The Minister mentioned the BDGP in defence of his argument, stating that it has the ability to provide the Irish suckler herd with around €300 million across several years.