Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Beef Data and Genomics Programme
445. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 495 of 5 February 2019, the number of herds in receipt of the beef data and genomics programme payments that have more than one animal registered in their herd that is not identified as a beef breed as defined by the scheme guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9028/19]
The Terms and Conditions(T&Cs) of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) defines eligible suckler cows, inter alia, as being of a beef breed or sired by a beef breed, is not a cow used to supply milk commercially, is part of a herd intended for rearing calves for meat production and rears a calf by suckling. Eligible calves must be born out of an eligible suckler cow and sired by a beef breed bull.
On the 31st December 2018, of the 24,544 farmers currently participating in BDGP, 3,312 had more than one animal on their holding that does not identify as a beef breed as defined by the BDGP T&Cs.