Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Questions (198)

Eugene Murphy


198. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will streamline certain elements of the beef environmental efficiency pilot scheme to assist farmers in rural Ireland who do not have access to high speed broadband and therefore may have difficulty completing all the details required in relation to the leasing or sourcing of weighing equipment within the specified seven to 14 days; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40057/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) is a pilot scheme to further increase economic and environmental efficiency in the suckler herd through better quality data on herd performance, specifically as it relates to weaning efficiency of the cow, supporting decision making on farm. There are currently 19,131 participants in BEEP.

The BEEP scheme builds on the success of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) with a funding provision of €20m in 2019. This pilot scheme is targeted at suckler farmers and specifically aimed at further improving the carbon efficiency of beef production.

BEEP was designed to be as accessible to farmers as possible and support is available through local marts to enable farmers to access the necessary equipment to participate in the pilot.  It is also possible to submit weight data over the phone to ICBF, so access to high speed broadband is not necessary for participation in BEEP.