• Next Monday 19th August is the opening date for the new financial assistance scheme for beef and suckler farmers.

     Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has confirmed that the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure will be open for applications from next Monday 19th August to the 8th September, and applications can be made online only at

    The €100 million euro scheme is being funded by the EU and Irish Government, in light of the difficult circumstances Irish beef farmers have been facing as a result of market volatility and Brexit uncertainty.

    Minister Creed says the scheme is targeted towards farmers most affected.

    Aid will be paid on adult cattle slaughtered between 25th Sept last year and 12th May this year at a rate of €100 per animal.

    Aid will also be paid on suckler cows that calved in 2018 at a rate of €40 per animal.

    Only dairy herds of less than 40 dairy cows are eligible.




  • Payments under the 2019 Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) have commenced to 32,444 farmers, to the value of some €75 million.

    The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, today confirmed the schemes commencement saying that the payments to farmers in the beef sector under BEAM represents recognition by his Department, the Government and the EU of the very challenging and difficult climate that these farmers have had to face in recent years.  

    These payments are in addition to some €15.4 million under BEEP and €34.4 million in BDGP payments that have already issued in recent weeks, making a total of €125 million to Irish beef farmers. 

    Since September a total of €1.72 billion has now been paid out to Ireland’s farmers under a range of schemes operated by the Department.

    BEAM payments will continue to issue on an ongoing basis as more famers are verified as compliant with the requirements of the Measure.

  • The IFA is calling on the Agriculture Minister to extend the closing date for the €100 million beef support scheme until after next week's Ploughing Championships, to allow farmers make their application at the Department of Agriculture stand at the ploughing.

    The closing date for Beef Exceptional Aid Measure has already been extended to this Sunday, with a strong level of applications this week.

    The IFA says there's a unique opportunity at the Ploughing Championships next week to get farmers to apply at the Department stand, and they calling on Minister Creed to further extend the closing date and provide this opportunity for farmers- given the severe income crisis in the livestock sector.

  • The Agriculture Minister Michael Creed should remove the 5% reduction requirement as a condition for entry in to the €100 million beef support scheme - that's according to the Irish Natura & HillFarmers Association.

    The closing date for the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure has been extended until Sunday week 15th Sept, due to the low number of applications from eligible farmers.

    Colm O'Donnell, President of the INHFA believes the lower than expected uptake us is due to the conditions attached, particularly the reduction requirement, and has called on Minister Creed to remove this requirement....