In order to qualify for the 2012 Beef Technology Adoption Programme, applicants were required to have satisfied one of the following two criteria:
- Farmers with suckler cows must be current participants in the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme (AWRBS), that is, they must have received payments under the Scheme on 2010 born calves and have applied to participate in ICBF HerdPlus prior to applying for the Programme.
- Beef farmers without a suckler herd must have applied to participate in ICBF HerdPlus prior to applying for the Programme. Any farmer finishing animals to slaughter must have applied for membership of the Beef Quality Assurance Scheme (BQAS) before the application date for this Programme and must be a member of the scheme by 31 October 2012. He/she must also have finished a minimum of 15 cattle to slaughter in 2011.
Following validation of the application of the person named, it was established that he did not meet either of the qualifying criteria outlined above and he was advised of this position by letter dated 30 May 2012.