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Beef Data Programme

Please note: The information provided below is a limited selection of the information available relating to this scheme. You can find more information on this scheme on the main Department website here.

The objective of the Scheme is to improve the quality of the National Suckler Herd through the collection of essential breeding and production information.  The collection of the this data will assist suckler farmers in identifying the best breeding stock for their particular breeding needs which will in turn improve the competitiveness of the Irish Beef Industry and the quality of the beef produced.  

In order to qualify for payment under this scheme herdowners are required to complete Commitments 1 & 2. 

Commitment 1: Each calf must be tagged and registered with the Department’s Registration Agency, Clonakilty, Co Cork within 27 days of birth, in accordance with EU Regulation 1760/2000. Provide sire details for each calf.  Complete calving survey for each calf. 

Commitment 2: ICBF Surveys must be completed as set out below. Data can only be completed for calves that are at least 5 months of age and are still maintained on the holding. 

1) The quality and docility of each calf. 
2) The milking ability and docility of each dam. 
3) For any stock bulls used, relevant animal events must be recorded, ie. bull docility and functionality.  

This is a very brief sketch of the purpose/objectives, operation and main criteria of the Beef Data programme.  Applicants who are participating in this scheme must familiarise themselves fully with the Terms & Conditions of The Beef Data Programme (B.D.P.) to ensure full compliance and avoid penalties.  Further information on this scheme, eligibility and where to obtain application forms is available on our main website here.

You can contact the B.D.P. Section: 

Government Offices,
Old Abbeyleix Road,
Portlaoise,
Co. Laois
Tel: 057 86 74400