Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (395)

Kevin O'Keeffe


395. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an application by a person (details supplied). [38742/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The object of the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) is to provide temporary exceptional adjustment aid to farmers in the beef sector in Ireland subject to the conditions set out in EU Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1132. BEAM is funded by a combination of EU aid and Exchequer support, provided in light of the difficult circumstances that Irish beef farmers have been facing as a result of market volatility and uncertainty.

Under the scheme, aid will be paid on adult cattle slaughtered between September 24, 2018, and May 12, 2019, at a rate of €100 per animal subject to a maximum of 100 finished animals per herd. Aid will also be paid on suckler cows that calved in 2018, at a rate of €40 per animal subject to a maximum of 40 sucklers per herd.

In order to be eligible for payment, applicants needed to be a participant in one of the following schemes;

- Organic Farm Scheme (OFS)

- Green Low Carbon Agri-Environmental Scheme (GLAS)

- Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP)

- Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP)


- Be a participant or agree to join the Bord Bia – Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS)

An application under BEAM has been received from the person named. They had animals slaughtered in the reference period and they have indicated they are existing participants in Bord Bia's SBLAS. Their application is currently being processed where these eligibility criteria will be verified. Payments under BEAM are schedule to commence in the final quarter of 2019.