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.

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