It is hard to believe we are just a few months away from the end of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP I). When it was launched, the scheme was welcomed by some and ridiculed by others. It still strikes a chord, with farmers having a divided opinion.

One thing everyone agreed on was the need for support for the suckler sector. Some might say the metrics of the scheme came too early but, in the end, 23,000 herds participated in it bringing 550,000 suckler cows into the programme. The payment for the average participating herd of 24 cows was €2,053 or just over €85/cow.