The €100m Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) was announced earlier this summer and is open for application until 8 September. Branded as a tool to provide financial aid to Irish beef farmers, the scheme offers a payment of €100 per finished animal, up to a maximum of 100 animals, and €40 per suckler cow, up to a maximum of 40 cows. The he full details and requirements are outlined below.

Speaking in relation to the scheme, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said: “I am keenly aware that the past few months have been very difficult for beef farmers. There has been a prolonged and exceptional period of depressed prices since last autumn, with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the outcome of Brexit, among other factors, contributing to this market disturbance.”