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Minister McConalogue announces €5 million Dairy Beef measure

Christian Fernsby |
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., announced the opening of the new €5 million Dairy Beef Calf measure under the new Beef Sector Efficiency Pilot has opened for applications.

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Applications for the measure can be lodged through with the closing date on Monday 26 April.

The Minister announced the opening of a new and pioneering Dairy Beef Calf measure for 2021, which has a budget allocation of €5 million in 2021.

The objective is to increase the economic and environmental efficiency of beef from the dairy herd, and to facilitate further the integration of the dairy and beef sectors by providing support for farmers who are rearing progeny from the dairy herd.

The core action is the weighing of eligible calves for which there is a payment of €20 per calf up to a maximum of 20 calves.

Minister McConalogue acknowledged the strong potential for better integration of dairy and beef systems, to provide a new income stream for beef farmers and noted that when added to the recently announced BEEP-S.

The application process will remain open until Monday 26 April 2021.

Minister McConalogue noted that though the scheme will be funded by the Irish exchequer, details of the scheme have been notified to the European Commission in accordance with the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

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