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Ireland re-opens beef data and genomics programme

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Staff Writer | April 18, 2017
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed announced the re-opening of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) in Ireland.
Michael Creed
Farmers   €142.50 per hectare
This will make the scheme available to beef suckler farmers who are not already members of the scheme.

The scheme will be known as BDGP II and will, like the original, commit to six years of payments to farmers for completion of actions aimed at delivering accelerated genetic improvement in the national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability.

The scheme will require farmers to complete the same actions as in the original BDGP over the course of six years, starting in 2017 and concluding in 2022.

There will be a small change to the timing of the training and carbon navigator requirements.

The scheme will be open for applications from next Wednesday 19th April with a closing date of Monday May 8, 2017,and further details on the application process can be got by contacting the Department’s offices in Portlaoise.

Payments to participants will be the same as BDGPI i.e. €142.50 per hectare for the first 6.66 payable hectares under the scheme, and €120 per payable hectare after that, with the same timing requirements for returning of data in order to ensure payments can go out to as many farmers as possible in December of each scheme year.