Summer BEEP expected
Early summer in 2019 is the date targeted by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to have the Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot (BEEP) in place.
The €20 million pilot scheme for suckler farmers will target weaning efficienc y o f s u ck l e r c o w s a n d calves, by paying farmers to weigh calves at weaning. This pilot scheme for 2019 o n l y w i l l b e re s t r i c t e d t o 500,000 head, which will allow for payment of €40 per cow. If the scheme is oversubscribed, selection criteria will be applied.
It is exchequer funded, and will be subject State Aid de minimis provisions.