€2.6m for beef farmers and €0.5m for sheep farmers in county Wexford

By Dan Walsh

Payments of €2.6 million will be paid to 1,103 farmers in County Wexford under the new Beef Finisher Scheme (BFP). 508 Wexford sheep farm holdings will share in grants to the value of €506,000 under the Sheep Welfare Scheme. The payments are welcomed by Wexford TD and Minister of State for Law Reform James Browne.

Minister Browne explained how the Beef Finisher Payment “provides valuable income support to County Wexford farmers. The economic impact for those farmers who finished cattle when prices were under particular pressure as a result of COVID-19 earlier this year will be lessened as a result of these grant payments.  Beef farming is an important economic activity, with a significant multiplier effect in County Wexford’s rural communities. It’s vitally important that the Government sustains these communities as we work towards economic recovery.”

Wexford farming. A view from Bree Hill

The Beef Finisher Payment is the latest supportive measure for the beef and suckler sectors carried out by the Department of Agriculture in recent times. As well as the Beef Finisher Payment issuing today, €6m in funding has been secured for the marketing and branding of suckler-based brand while a further €85m has been secured as part of Budget 2021 to support sustainable beef farming – these measures include €40m for the rollover of the BDGP, a further €40m for BEEP and €5m for the calf weighing scheme. These come on top of the €76m BEAM scheme, which issued in 2019, and the first BDGP scheme which concluded recently.

508 Wexford sheep farm holdings will share in grants to the value of €506,000 in advance payments under year four of the Sheep Welfare Scheme.

Minister Browne stated; “I am pleased to see the commencement of payments to County Wexford sheep farmers. The scheme reflects the commitment of the Government to the sheep sector in Ireland and provides a significant financial boost to the individual farmers and the sheep sector in general.”

The Minister added; “In other positive news, my party colleague, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, has secured funding for an additional year of the Sheep Welfare Scheme as we enter the CAP transitional period.  The additional year of the Scheme will be opening in the February 2021 and, as in previous years, there will be an opportunity for new entrants to the sector to join the scheme.”

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