Beef Data and Genomics Programme to re-open
The Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) is set to re-open to to beef suckler farmers who are not already members of the scheme.
The scheme will be known as BDGP II and will, like the original, commit to six years of payments to farmers for completion of actions aimed at delivering accelerated genetic improvement in the national herd and improvement of its environmental sustainability.
The scheme will require farmers to complete the same actions as in the original BDGP over the course of six years, starting in 2017 and concluding in 2022. There will be a small change to the timing of the training and carbon navigator requirements.
Payments to participants will be the same as BDGP I i.e. €142.50 per hectare for the first 6.66 payable hectares under the scheme, and €120 per payable hectare after that, with the same timing requirements for returning of data in order to ensure payments can go out to as many farmers as possible in December of each scheme year.
The scheme will be open for applications from next Wednesday 19th April with a closing date of Monday 8th May 2017, and further details on the application process are available by contacting the Department’s office in Portlaoise on email@example.com or 076 1064423.
Participants must complete 6 actions:
Requirement 1 – Calving details
Register all new born calves within 27 days of birth, provide sire number and complete survey relating to calving ease.
Requirement 2 – Surveys