Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (525)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

525. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of cows registered to the beef environmental efficiency pilot scheme by county in tabular form. [37717/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

In January of this year, I launched the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP), with a funding provision of €20m in 2019.  BEEP targets the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves - measuring the live weight of the calf pre-weaning as a percentage of the cow's live weight. BEEP had been announced in Budget 2019 as part of the €78m Brexit package for the agri-food industry. As well as clear environmental and climate benefits, BEEP will provide additional farm income at a time of market volatility and uncertainty relating to Brexit.

Some 19,131 farmers have registered their interest in participating in the Pilot and they will qualify for payment provided they comply with the requirements to weigh each cow and calf and provide the requisite data to ICBF in accordance with the Terms and Conditions. The €20 million funding available will allow for payment of up to a maximum of €40 per calf. The details of the potentially eligible calves under the Pilot registered to those 19,131 holdings are broken down by county here:

COUNTY

REGISTERED CALVES

CARLOW

8,723

CAVAN

20,968

CLARE

35,963

CORK 

35,025

DONEGAL

15,464

DUBLIN

2,013

GALWAY

47,489

KERRY

20,330

KILDARE

7,401

KILKENNY

18,858

LAOIS

18,068

LEITRIM

10,177

LIMERICK

15,982

LONGFORD

13,966

LOUTH

5,615

MAYO

32,168

MEATH

15,892

MONAGHAN

13,773

OFFALY

15,637

ROSCOMMON

24,915

SLIGO

14,586

TIPPERARY

27,471

WATERFORD

10,624

WESTMEATH

18,445

WEXFORD

16,851

WICKLOW

10,376