Smyth reminds farmers of 26 April application deadline for BEEP-S and Dairy Beef Calf Programme

Published on: 14 April 2021

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and North Meath, Niamh Smyth, has today reminded farmers and advisors that the deadline for submission of applications to the Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme – Sucklers (BEEP–S) and Dairy Beef pilot is 26 April 2021.  

Applications for both schemes must be completed online through 

Deputy Smyth said, “The €40 million BEEP-S scheme is one of a range of measures to support sustainable suckler and beef farming using funding Minister Charlie McConalogue secured in Budget 2021.  

“I understand that there has been a strong start to the 2021 BEEP–S application process with 12,167 applications received to date. I would encourage any farmer that is eligible to apply to do so in time and before the 26 April 2021. 

“Under BEEP–S, participants may be eligible for up to €90 for the first 10 suckler cow/calf pairs per herd and up to €80 per pair thereafter subject to an overall maximum of 100 pairs per herd, if all actions under the scheme are applied for and completed in full in accordance with the scheme terms and conditions.” 

Deputy Smyth is also reminding farmers that the new Dairy Beef Calf measure for 2021, which has a budget allocation of €5 million in 2021 will also close on 26 April 2021.  

The objective is to increase the economic and environmental efficiency of beef from the dairy herd, and to facilitate further the integration of the dairy and beef sectors by providing support for farmers who are rearing progeny from the dairy herd. The core action is the weighing of eligible calves for which there is a payment of €20 per calf up to a maximum of 20 calves. 

The full terms and conditions for this Exchequer funded scheme are available at – Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme Sucklers (BEEP-S) as part of the Beef Sector Efficiency Programme (

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