The funding for faecal testing and vaccination are welcome additions by the DAFM as these increase a focus in the sector on reducing antibiotic and anthelminthic use. These are areas in future schemes that Macra feels could be strengthened further to incentivise and reward those farms who are driving efficiency.
“More support will be needed to assure young beef farmers who are growing their business in challenging times. These farmers were not provided for by BEAM and reopening of BEEP will be useful to some however greater ambition is needed in future schemes” said Macra na Feirme National President Thomas Duffy.
Macra welcomed the scheme as a way to embed weighting as a regular practice on many beef farms, a practice most young farmers already employ.
“This allocation of €35 million is welcome, however greater ambition is needed under the next CAP to make beef a viable option for young farmers where efficient young farmers are properly supported” added Duffy.
Thomas Duffy encouraged all members with applicable farms to apply before the 15 May 2020 deadline.