Alan Dillon with Beef Farmer, Owen O'Malley in Islandeady

Mayo Farmers to benefit from €31m BDGP Scheme

Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon has today confirmed that payments under the 2021 Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) have commenced.

Deputy Dillon said “ 146 Farmers in Mayo are due to get payment over the coming days across both Beef Data and Genomics Programme I and II. The BDGP has proven itself to be a hugely successful scheme has supported beef farmer incomes and drive greater levels of efficiency in our world-class suckler herd.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D. said “In the past week alone, we have issued over €70m to our beef and suckler farmers through our innovative schemes. The payments under the BDGP are in addition to the €42 million that issued last week under the 2021 BEEP S and Dairy Programmes to over 30,000 participants”.  

Deputy Dillon said “Further Beef Data and Genomics Programme payments will continue to issue on an ongoing basis as more farmers verify their compliance with the 2021 scheme requirements.

The Minister urged participating farmers “to return all surveys and genotyping samples and/or complete the carbon navigator update as soon as possible to facilitate payment”.

The Minister also added that “Approval has been received for the continuity of many farm schemes in 2022, including the Beef Data and Genomics Programme. In that context, my Department since the 18th November 2021 has been accepting applications from participants in the 2021 Beef Data and Genomics Programme transitional scheme to participate in a further one-year extension of Beef Data and Genomics Programme for 2022. The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on 20th December 2021. “I am looking forward to build on the gains made under the BDGP through the Suckler Carbon Efficiency Scheme under the next CAP which will see participants earn €150/cow on the first 10 cows which is up from €90/cow on the first 10 cows under the BDGP.”

Deputy Dillon concluded, “ Beef farmers from Mayo have experienced a sustained period of economic difficulty. This package will provide a significant lift for these farmers and their families. This is good news for them and for rural communities in Mayo.