This year’s Beef Environment Efficiency Pilot – Sucklers (BEEP-S) scheme has received over 27,000 applications from farmers.
The scheme is designed to measure and record the live weight of calves at weaning as a percentage of the cow’s live weight.
Applicants to the scheme can also undertake a number of additional options targeting calf health and welfare.
It is the second year of the BEEP-S scheme, which has a funding provision of €40 million this year.
Under BEEP-S, participants may be eligible for up to €90 for the first 10 suckler cow/calf pairs per herd and up to €80/pair thereafter – subject to an overall maximum of 100 pairs/herd – if they carry out all the options under the scheme.
If a farmer opts for the just the mandatory weighing aspect of the scheme, they will receive €50 for the first 10 pairs, and €40 thereafter up to 100 pairs.
Applications for the BEEP-S scheme closed at midnight on Monday 26 April).
According to the scheme’s terms and conditions, there is a 25-day calendar period after the closing date for the acceptance of late applications, with deductions to payments at a rate of 1 per cent per day applied.
Under this provision, the last day for late applications is 21 May.