IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden has reminded farmers the closing date for applying for the new reference period to meet the BEAM 5% reduction is Monday next.
He said all farmers in the scheme should apply for the extension to maintain maximum flexibility in meeting the scheme conditions.
Brendan Golden said farmers who apply for the new reference period will be provided with the option to meet the 5% reduction from the period 1st January to 31st December 2021.
“Most importantly farmers who apply for the extension but meet the requirements by the end of June will not be affected and can accept their original reduction period and will be deemed by the Department to have met their obligations in the scheme,” he said.
There are no down sides to applying for the new reference period.
Brendan Golden is urging farmers to use this flexibility to their advantage by applying before the deadline of next Monday.