Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Questions (572)

Brendan Griffin


572. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a beef data and genomics programme payment will issue to a farmer (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35917/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Department carried out checks ahead of the 2020 BDGP payments. These checks included a review of the stock bull/AI replacement requirement for 2019. The review determined that the person named had not met the stock bull replacement requirements for 2019 and, therefore, a penalty was applied against payment for 2019 in accordance with the terms and conditions of the programme. This penalty has now been processed and payment in respect of the 2020 scheme year will issue shortly.

For 2021, the scheme was extended to participants who had already met the requirements for the full six-year duration of BDGP 2015-2020. One of these requirements is the 2019 stock bull/AI requirement.

The Terms and Conditions of the scheme state "For applicants using a stock bull, at least one stock bull must be on the holding on 30th June 2019 must have been a genotyped 4 or 5 star bull on either the Terminal or Replacement Index (on a within or across breed basis) at the time of purchase. For applicants using AI, at least 80% of the AI used on the participating holding must have been from 4 or 5 star bulls on either the Terminal or Replacement Index (on a within or across breed basis). Applicants using both stock bulls and AI must satisfy both requirements." As the person named did not meet the Stock Bull Replacement Strategy, he is therefore ineligible to extend his participation in the programme into 2021.

A letter issue to the person named on 14th April 2021 informing them of the decision and advising them of their right to have this decision reviewed. To date, no such review has been received.