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BDGP deadline for Carbon Navigator is fast approaching

By Sean Doorley, Teagasc Beef & Sheep Adviser, Longford.


If you are in the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP 1), you are required to update your carbon navigator each year. If you do not complete this before the 1st of November, your BDGP payment will be hit by a 20% penalty. There are basically two ways in which you can submit the data required.

1) If you are registered on the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation’s (ICBF) Herdplus, go into the BDGP section and click on the carbon navigator tab. Complete and save the data online and that will meet the requirements of the programme; or,

2) A paper version will have been posted to you by ICBF. Once you receive it, you should fill out the sheet and post it back before the 1st November.

There are three main areas of information being requested namely; the length of the grazing season, nitrogen efficiency (nitrogen usage) and slurry management during 2016. If you’re a BDGP 2 participant you must complete a Carbon navigator also. The deadline is the 31st October and you must complete this through an Agricultural Adviser. BDGP 2 participants who fail to complete a Carbon Navigator by this deadline will be excluded from the scheme. Please contact your agricultural Adviser immediately to get this completed. All BDGP farmers are reminded to complete all surveys relating to the calves, cows and bulls in the applicant’s herd to ensure payments are made on time to farmers. ICBF have recently release their September evaluation Euro-Star figures . These latest figures can now be accessed on their website www.ICBF.com and they are a useful tool for farmers who are now looking at deciding which of their weanling heifers to select as future replacements.


Teagasc provides a Local Advisory and Education service to farmers. They have offices based in Roscommon Town  (Tel: 090 6626166), Castlerea (Tel: 094 9620160) and Longford Town (Tel: 043 3341021. www.facebook.com/Teagascroscommonlongford/