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Reminder: Have you applied for the dairy beef weighing scheme?

Reminder: Have you applied for the dairy beef weighing scheme?

The National Dairy Beef Welfare Scheme – a measure that rewards farmers for recording weights of dairy beef animals - will soon close to applications.

Applications to the scheme must be made on agfood.ie, with the closing date for applications being May 2nd 2023.

The scheme includes a payment rate of up to €20 per eligible calf weighed - subject to a maximum of 50 calves, meaning that grant aid of up to €1,000 is available for holdings meeting this criteria.

Those eligible to apply to the scheme are: the owner of an active herd number with Herd Owner status, who submits a Basic Income Support for Sustainability application in 2023, and had a male calf of a dairy breed or a male or female calf of a beef breed sire born to a dairy breed dam in your herd.

Those participating in the scheme are required to weigh a minimum of five eligible calves and submit details to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF). Calves must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of weighing and been registered on the holding they are being weighed on for a minimum of 10 days prior to the date of weighing. These calves must also have been born between July 1st 2022 and June 30th 2023. All weights should be submitted within seven days of weighing and must be submitted before November 1st, 2023.

The full list of terms and conditions is available here, with payments under the scheme expected to be made in December 2023.