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Farmers Should Apply For The Beef Finisher Payment Scheme Without Delay, Says IFA

IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden is encouraging farmers to apply for the Beef Finisher payment scheme without delay.

The Department of Agriculture recently opened the scheme, which will close on Wednesday 9 September, 2020.

Brendan Golden said it’s crucial that the money gets out to farmers as soon as possible and that the full €50 million is spent.

“There should be a provision to increase the payment per animal if there is any underspend or to bring exported animals which are currently excluded. We cannot leave any of the money behind,”Golden said.

“The scheme will apply to farmers who had cattle slaughtered between 1 February and 12 June. It’s expected the payment will be in the region of €100 per head. This will be a significant boost for the Autumn cattle trade,” he said.

The €50 million allocation was announced in June in recognition of the difficulties that beef finishers had endured because of Brexit and COVID-19 disruption.

Full details are available here.

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