Details of a €100m scheme to help beef farmers has been announced by the Government.
The scheme has been set up to help offset the downturn in the beef industry as Brexit approaches.
Small dairy farmers are included in the scheme, which involves €50 million from the European Commission, matched by €50 million from the Government.
Commenting on the announcement, Galway East TD Sean Canney said: “I very much welcome the launch of this demand-led scheme, which is squarely focused on beef farmers.
“It is right that the factories will not be benefiting from the scheme.
“We are very conscious of the present state of the beef sector, which has dis-improved since this scheme was first announced in May.”
The Minister added: “I am encouraging everyone eligible to put in their applications as soon as possible.”