Andrew Doyle welcomes commencements of payments in Cow Suckler Welfare Scheme

Beef farmers need to submit information in order to benefit from scheme

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow, Andrew Doyle, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney, of the commencement of payments under the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme in respect of calves born in 2011.

“I warmly welcome the payments being made available and I would urge all participants in the scheme to complete the registration for all of their weaned calves with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) immediately.

“Information on breeding is being sought in these submissions, covering areas such as ancestry, bulls used, performance data and weanling quality. This information is being used by the ICBF and is starting to make a significant contribution to improvement in the genetic quality of the suckler herd.

“As a result of changes introduced by Minister Coveney, all information required under the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme must now be submitted to the ICBF within one year of the date of birth of each calf participating in the scheme. Obviously it is in the interests of farmers to complete these important returns so as they can receive payment.

“The real benefits in beef breeding terms will be in the longer term and for this reason I urge farmers to keep up the flow of data to the ICBF.”