Farmers urged to apply to BEEP as closing date nears

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Some of the 65 cattle and 30 calves that are born, raised and roam the pastures of Brookview Farm eating grass or resting under shade trees on May 5, 2011 in Manakin-Sabot, VA, one of many farms participating with Fall Line Farms a local food cooperative in the Richmond, VA area that offers a wide variety of household food staples and specialty items on an ever changing inventory of fruits, vegetables, meats, soaps, eggs, cheeses, flowers, honey, pastas, sauces, syrups, baked goods, mushrooms, flour and grains. Suppliers post what they have on a Lulus Local Food online listing and customers (who pay seasonal dues) can make their selection. Then every Thursday suppliers team up with other suppliers to deliver orders to, one of several pick-up points, designated by the customer in or around the Richmond area. USDA Photos by Lance Cheung.

Farmers in the county are being urged to get their applications into the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) before 22nd February.

East Galway TD Ciaran Cannon has said that by participating in the scheme, farmers will get clear detailed feedback on the performance of individual animals in their herd, allowing them to identify their most productive cows.

Minister Cannon said: “The scheme has a funding provision of €20m and applications can be made online at www.agfood.ie or alternatively, paper application forms are available from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by phoning 076 1064420.

“The one year pilot scheme was announced as part of budget 2019 in October 2018 as a method of supporting the suckler cow, through a payment of up to €40/calf once weights of the live calf and it’s dam are recorded and submitted to ICBF as per the terms and conditions of the pilot.

Minister Cannon added: “The application form is very straightforward and is simply indication of intent to supply weights.”