Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (274)

Martin Kenny

Ceist:

274. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers who are not on target to meet their 20% star rating under the beef data and genomics programme, BDGP, by the end of October 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44273/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

There are approximately 22,700 BDGP herds on target to meet the requirement to have 20% 4 or 5 star females by 31st October 2018. Currently 509 herds are failing to meet this requirement; my Department issued letters to these herds on the 16th of October reminding them of their responsibilities under the program and advising them to source replacement females.