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Reminder: Deadline for SCEP applications approaching

Reminder: Deadline for SCEP applications approaching

Applications to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP) will close early next week.

The application closing date is 23:59pm on May 22nd 2023. Applications who fail to apply before this time will be subject to late application deductions to payments at a rate of 1% per working day in respect of SCEP. This deduction will only apply to the first year of the programme (2023). Applications after the 25 day period from the initial closing date will not be accepted.

Applications to the programme must be submitted through Agfood.ie. This can be done by either the applicant themselves or by an approved FAS advisor authorised to act on their behalf. To qualify for the programme, the applicant must:

  • Be aged 18 years or over on date of submission of the application for participation;
  • Be the holder of an active herd number with Herd Owner Status. Herd Keeper status is not acceptable;
  • Be farming a holding in respect of which a valid BISS application is submitted to the department on a yearly basis and on which all land parcels are declared;
  • Be a member of SBLAS before 16th October 2023 and have continued participation for the duration of the programme;
  • Calve at least 50% beef breed animals of the yearly reference number between scheme year 01 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 and every scheme year thereafter;
  • Attend the SCEP training course and an animal handling course by 15th November 2024.

The full list of SCEP terms and conditions are available here. For more information on SCEP, including reference numbers, payment rates and the actions involved, click here.

Listen: SCEP - what do I need to know?

Also read: SCEP - the steps to becoming a Bordd Bia approved member