€5m beef discussion group plan is launched
Beef farmers have just over a month to apply for the Department of Agriculture's new Beef Discussion Group scheme, worth about €1,000 per farmer.
Final details of the discussion group scheme began to emerge as the Farming Independent went to press.
The full package was tipped to be outlined by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney at the Teagasc suckler event in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny, last night.
With a proposed closing date of March 16, farmers must meet stringent criteria in order to qualify for the €5m fund earmarked for the scheme this year.
It is understood that payment for participation in the new scheme is earmarked for December this year.
To qualify for payment under the scheme, each farmer must attend at least six discussion groups events with an accredited facilitator. Certain beef meetings could also be approved as discussion group events.
Farmers must also complete a Teagasc profit monitor or similar farm profitability programme with a private agricultural consultant.
Applicants must then choose a further two options from a menu of actions to qualify.