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Minister Creed confirms commencement of Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) payments

on Tuesday, 17 December 2019. Posted in Schemes, Beef

Minister Creed confirms commencement of Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) payments The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D., today confirmed that payments under the 2019 Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) have commenced to

The Minister stated, “This further, very significant level of payments to farmers in the beef sector under BEAM represents clear recognition by my Department, the Government and the EU of the very challenging and difficult climate that these farmers have had to face in recent years.  These payments are in addition to some €15.4 million under BEEP and €34.4 million in BDGP payments that have already issued in recent weeks, making a total of €125 million to Irish beef farmers. Since September a total of €1.72 billion has now been paid out to Ireland’s farmers under a range of schemes operated by my Department.”

BEAM payments will continue to issue on an ongoing basis as more famers are verified as compliant with the requirements of the Measure.

Creed Announces Simplification of Requirements for Beef Data and Genomics Programme

on Monday, 17 June 2019. Posted in Schemes, Courses, Beef


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, T.D. today announced a simplification of requirements under the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) in relation to the eligibility of Stock Bulls under the programme.

Participants in the programme using a stock bull are required to have at least one bull on their holding on the 30th of June 2019 who was a minimum of 12 months old and was rated at 4 or 5 stars on the Replacement and/or Terminal Index, within and/or across breed on the first genomic evaluation or the genomic evaluation at the time of purchase.

There are 2 simplifications to this requirement:

  • Where a bull on the holding had a published genomic evaluation and had been deemed ineligible as it was rated at 3 stars or less on that first genotyping evaluation, it can now be deemed eligible if the bull is now rated at 4 or 5 stars.
  • Where bull is in the herd on the 30 of June but has yet to be sampled, once a sample is received by the lab on or before the 30 June and the genotyping process has commenced, this will be considered eligible provided the bull is rated 4 or 5 stars on its subsequent genomic evaluation. This will mean that the July 2019 evaluation (published 22 July) and the Sept 2019 evaluation (published 23 Sep) will now be counted for eligibility purposes.

Minister Creed said “I am pleased to announce this simplification of the Stock Bull requirement under Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP).  Officials from my Department have been working closely with their counterparts in the ICBF on this issue and I feel this pragmatic approach to what is a key requirement should lead to as many participants as possible receiving their full payment in 2019 under this important Programme. They have identified a number of herds that are currently not meeting this requirement and will be contacting them in the coming days to advise them of their obligations under the Programme.”


28/06/2019   Beef event run by Teagasc - Catherine Egan And Animal Health Ireland  on the Farm of David Mc Keague, Claggan, Culdaff, Co. Donegal 11.00am to 1.00pm 10.45am to 11.45am BEEF ONLY EVENT



04/07/2019   Sheepevent run by Sheep Ireland / Kevin McDermott at Rathgreedan House, Rathgreedan, Edenderry, Co. Offaly 7.00pm to 9.00pm 6.45pm to 7.45pm


We are currently taking names for participants for a health and safety course for anyone that has submitted a TAMS application. It is a requirement under TAMS that you have to complete a Health and safety course before you can submit your application for payment.

If you have submitted an application for a TAMS and need to complete, a Health and Safety course contact our office for full details of cost and when the course is running and the location.


on Saturday, 29 April 2017. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Beef


  • To be eligible to apply to participate in the Programme, an applicant shall:

  • Be aged eighteen years or over on date of submission of the application for participation.

  • Be the holder of an active herd number with Herd Owner Status or have applied for a herd number by the closing date for receipt of applications for BDGP II. The status of Herd Keeper is not eligible.

  • Have submitted a 2014 Single Payment Scheme application on which all land parcels are declared, or in the case of new entrants to suckler farming a Basic Payment Scheme application on which all land parcels have been declared in 2017.

  • Be farming a holding in respect of which a valid Basic Payment Scheme application is submitted to the Department on an annual basis and on which all land parcels are declared.

Beef Data and Genomics Programme

on Thursday, 22 October 2015. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Beef

Suckler farmers should pay more attention to the euro value of the Eurostar rating rather than the actual number of stars, according to Teagasc’s Pearse Kelly,the Teagasc Head of Drystock Knowledge Transfer said this will make it a lot easier going forward to make the correct breeding decisions.

Beef data and genomics

on Monday, 28 September 2015. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Beef

This last week has seen the majority of farmers that have applied to be part of the BDGP receiving there star rating report. There have been some excellent reports that I have seen with the majority of the herds being 4 and 5 stars


on Tuesday, 01 September 2015. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Beef

This week has seen the first of the Beef Data Genomics Scheme acceptance letters being issued. In the coming weeks all farmers that are participating in the scheme will also receive their herd profile from ICBF which will give a breakdown on the maternal traits of each breeding animal.

Beef Data and Genomics Programme

on Thursday, 11 June 2015. Posted in Blog, Schemes, Beef

In the coming months the Department will issue all applicants with a statement indicating their cow reference numbers and their maximum payable area. It will also indicate the Eurostar rating of heifers currently in your herd. When you receive this information you should sit down and discuss with your advisor what steps are need for you to remain compliant within the scheme.


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