Last week, we looked at BEEP-S action one, which is the mandatory measure of weighing cattle. When it comes to action two, farmers had a choice of selecting either – meal feeding calves pre- and post-weaning, or, vaccination of calves for respiratory diseases. Not surprisingly, the meal feeding option has been the most popular choice, with four out of every five farms going for it. This week we will concentrate on the meal feeding option and what farmers need to do to secure payment.

Action two carries a payment of €30/calf weighed. It is important to note that this means only calves from a cow-calf unit that has met the requirements of action one and been successfully weighed and weights submitted to ICBF will qualify for payment for action two.