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“Don’t lose out – check the onward slaughter date of the animal you sold” – ICOS

Farmers who sold animals at the mart that were then subsequently slaughtered within 30 days of sale, may be eligible to receive €100 per head under the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM), ICOS has advised.

With the deadline of 8th September for BEAM applications now fast approaching, ICOS has urged mart sellers to check the onward slaughter date of their animals and to apply for BEAM immediately if they are eligible.

Ray Doyle, Environment and Livestock Executive of ICOS said,

“If you sold animals at the mart that were then slaughtered within 30 days of that sale, you may be eligible for €100 per head.  Where an animal has been presented for slaughter by an agent or by a dealer within 30 days of purchase, including those purchased in the mart, payment may be made to the immediate previous herd owner or in respect of the previous eligible herd number, once that herd owner is an applicant”.

“The message is ‘check your entitlement now’. You can do this by checking if your animals were slaughtered within 30 days. You or your agricultural advisor can identify this on your Ag Food Profile but you must act now, as the closing date for BEAM applications is Sunday 8th September.”

Under the BEAM scheme, bovine animals aged over 12 months and presented to a slaughtering establishment in the period 24/9/2018 to 12/5/019 inclusive, can receive the aid payment at a rate of €100 per animal subject to a maximum of 100 such animals per eligible herd.

“If you’re in any doubt, contact your farm advisor now”, said Doyle.