Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Questions (2024)

Peter Burke


2024. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied). [15563/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) provides for six years of payments to participating farmers for completion of actions which deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the Irish national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability. The original six year programme came to an end in 2020, but eligible participants could opt to continue in the scheme for a one year transition programme in 2021. 

A letter issued to the person named in December 2020 stating that they were ineligible to  participate in the programme into 2021 as they were deemed to have failed the replacement heifer requirement in 2020.  An appeal was received on 14th January 2021 where a query was raised with regard to the replacement heifers. The matter was investigated with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) and has now been resolved.

A letter will now issue to the person named indicating that the appeal has been successful. The letter will also set out the steps that need to be taken for 2021.