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IFA National Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden is encouraging farmers to apply for the Beef Finisher payment scheme without delay.

IFA has created a dedicated step-by-step guide for farmers who wish to apply for the scheme.

The Department of Agriculture opened the scheme today, and it will close on Wed, Sept 9th.

Full details are available here.

Brendan Golden said it’s crucial that the money gets out to farmers as soon as possible and that the full €50m is spent.

“There should be a provision to increase the payment per animal if there is any underspend or to bring exported animals which are currently excluded. We cannot leave any of the money behind,” he said.

“The scheme will apply to farmers who had cattle slaughtered between February 1st and June 12th. It’s expected the payment will be in the region of €100 per head. This will be a significant boost for the Autumn cattle trade,” he said.

€50m had been announced in June in recognition of the difficulties that beef finishers had endured because of Brexit and COVID-19 disruption.

If farmers have any queries in relation to the Scheme, they can visit our dedicated hub or contact Anna Daly on or by calling 01-4260340.


IFA President Tim Cullinan has welcomed the announcement from Minister Dara Calleary on the details of the Beef Finisher payment scheme.

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IFA President Tim Cullinan said the IFA submission on the €50m scheme for beef finishers proposes a minimum of €100 per finished animal and the payment of funds retrospectively from the date of the Minister’s announcement.

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IFA President Tim Cullinan has welcomed the announcement by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Agriculture Minister Michael Creed of a €50m direct payment package for beef farmers to cover price losses incurred as a result of the collapse in the market due to COVID-19 and other factors, including Brexit.

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IFA President Tim Cullinan said that it was a welcome development that Minister Creed will put a proposed package for beef finishers in front of the Cabinet today.

“The details of the scheme and the small print will be important. I hope that this scheme will be worthwhile and straight forward,” he said.

“IFA had made submissions to Government showing that beef finishers had lost over €160m last year due to Brexit uncertainty and a further €111m so far this year due to Brexit and the COVID impact,”  he said.

“The closure of the food service sector across Europe really hit beef finishers and they badly need help to cover these losses,” said the IFA President.

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