The 5% reduction requirement in the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) is a hot topic of conversation in a lot of mart sales at present. Payments to the 34,517 farmers (9,295 suckler farmers, 10,245 finishers and 14,977 mixed farms) were made in December 2019, and for a lot of farmers, there has been little heed paid to the requirements since.

It is only now that the scheme requirements have kicked in that more interest is being shown. To recap on the requirements – holdings must reduce their bovine livestock manure nitrogen by 5% for the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, compared with the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, as recorded on Department systems.