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BDGP Bull reminder


A penalty of 60 - 100% will apply if you miss the deadline (June 30) for the bull or AI requirement of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP 1). Teagasc Beef Specialists issue a reminder to farmers here.

Meet Bull requirements by June 30

For anyone who added the extra year to Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP I) in 2021 or those that entered BDGP II in 2017, you must meet the requirements below by June 30.

If using a stock bull, at least one animal on the holding on June 30 must have been a genotyped 4 or 5 star bull, on either the Terminal or Replacement Index (on a within or across breed basis) at the time of purchase.

If renting in bulls for breeding, you must use bulls that are 4 or 5 star on either the Terminal or Replacement Index (on a within or across breed basis). You must also inform the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) that you are leasing a bull. All movements of bulls for breeding between holdings must be notified to the Animal Identification and Movement (AIM) system and comply with animal health and movement legislation, specifically, these bulls must have cleared a pre-movement test for TB and BVD.

If using artificial insemination (AI), at least 80% of the AI used must be from 4 or 5 star bulls on either the Terminal or Replacement Index (on a within or across breed basis).

If you use both a bull and AI you must meet the requirements of both. The penalty for not meeting these requirements is 100% for the 2021 BDGP rollover scheme and 60% for people who entered BDGP II in 2017.

Switching from a stock bull to AI

If you used a stock bull in 2020 and are using AI this spring, to avoid a penalty you need to notify the DAFM  Beefschemes@agriculture.gov.ie  as they will see no stock bull on June 30 and no AI born progeny. If in doubt, contact your Teagasc advisor. You can contact any of our Teagasc offices using this link Teagasc Advisory Regions here  

Listen to The Beef Edge Podcast below as Aidan Murray discusses scheme updates with Catherine Egan

The Teagasc Beef Specialists issue an article on a topic of interest to suckler & cattle farmers every Wednesday here on Teagasc Daily