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Four Important Deadlines in September


Beef farmers need to be aware of four important deadlines in September. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist has some information and advice on the upcoming deadlines for the Beef Finishers Payment Scheme (BFP), BDGP and the deadline for the application of chemical Nitrogen & Phosphorous.

9th September – Deadline for applications to the
Beef Finishers Payment Scheme (BFP)

The BFP is an Exchequer funded scheme of €50 million to provide income support for up to 42,000 farmers with beef finishing enterprises, who have been impacted by the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • If you slaughtered animals from the 1st of February to the 12th of June 2020, you can claim a €100 payment per animal up to 100 animals
  • For Registered Farm partnerships - A max threshold of 200 animals will apply where there are two herd numbers in the partnership and 300 to a registered farm partnership of 3 herd numbers or more.
  • You do not have to reduce stock numbers to avail of the payment.
  • Where an animal has been slaughter by an agent, dealer or another herd owner within 30 days of purchase, including those purchased in the mart, payment may issue to the immediate previous herd owner where the herd owner is an applicant and held the animal for 30 days or more – So check your report, you may have cull cows etc. eligible.
  • You must be a member of the Bord Bia Beef and Lamb or Dairy Quality Assurance Scheme at the time of application or commit to joining before the 30th of September 2020. You must remain a member until September 2021
  • The scheme is also open to dairy farmers who finish animals.
  • Animals exported or slaughtered in Northern Ireland plants will not be eligible
  • Agent and dealer herd numbers are not eligible
  • You must have submitted a valid Basic Payment Scheme application prior to 30th of September 2020.
  • Animals must be greater than 8 months old at slaughter

For further information, visit https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemesandpayments/bfp/

The scheme is simple and it’s easy to apply, talk to your adviser today.

9th September – Last date for Genotyping to be eligible for BDGP

The very last day a sample can reach the lab to make a cow or heifer eligible for the BDGP scheme is the 9th of September.

For the replacement strategy of the BDGP scheme 50% of the reference number of females on your farm must be GENOTYPED 4 or 5 star on the replacement index by the 31st of October 2020.

In a change to the scheme, last month The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) agreed to allow the November 2020 evaluation be included for the purposes of BDGP eligibility. Originally, the September evaluation was to be the final one before the 31st October BDGP deadline.

This will mean the results will only be available in the November Genomic Evaluations, which is after the closing date of the 31st of October. Therefore if you are depending on females from this run to be eligible and they are not, you do not meet the requirement of the replacement strategy. The penalty for not meeting the 50% requirement is a 140% of your gross BDGP payment. What that means is that you will get no payment this year and the department will recoup the other 40% from another scheme such as GLAS, BEEP or BPS. Therefore it is vital to check your status now.

 Also remember to be eligible the females must be:

  • Genotyped 4 or 5 star on the replacement index
  • Sired by a beef sire
  • Be > 16 months of age on the 31st of October, i.e. born before the 30th of June 2019
  • If purchased after the 5th June 2015, she has to have been born on/after the 1st January 2013.
  • If born into your herd she can be born before the 1st January 2013

To check your current eligibility status go online, login to ICBF, go to profiles and BDGP eligibility. You will see the screen below

If you are not meeting your target, you need to establish why.

  1. Are you waiting on results from genomic samples already sent in? What is their predictive Eurostar Index, if it is > €110, you should be okay as long as the sire is correct. Samples submitted before the 8th of July will be in the genomic evaluations run on the 6th of October.
  2. Have you animals still to sample, this should be done immediately
  3. Have you females in your herd that meet the rest of the criteria, have a predictive euro star rating >€110, but have not been sampled. These animals should be sampled immediately and the samples sent to the lab by the 9th of September. (This is a risky strategy)
  4. If you don’t have any of the above you will have to buy in eligible females to reach the 50% target.

 There are several options. You should consult with your Advisor today to check your eligibility status and avoid a possible 140% penalty!

14th of September- Last date to apply Chemical Nitrogen
and Phosphorous

Every farmer who receives a payment under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) signs up to the rules of Cross Compliance. Therefore the 14th of September is the last date you can apply chemical nitrogen or phosphorous.

There is no deadline on applying potassium (K) or lime.

1st October – Carbon Navigator for BDGP 1 & 2

As part of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP 1 & 2), you are required to update your carbon navigator by the 1st October. This is a simple form where you record:  turn out and housing data for suckler cows and yearlings, the amount of fertiliser spread and the timing of slurry and FYM application. 

There are two ways in which you can submit the data required;

1) Sign in onto the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) website, 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 earlier this year. You should fill out the sheet and post it back before the 30th September.