Ireland: government paid 5 million euro to dairy farms

In Ireland the government has paid 5 million euro to dairy farms that have taken part in the National Dairy Beef Welfare Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to support decision making on farms through better quality data on herd performance and to increase the economic and environmental efficiency of the beef from the dairy herd, and to facilitate further the integration of the dairy and beef sectors by providing support for farmers who are rearing progeny from the dairy herd. Among other conditions, calves born from dairy cows have to be weighed. The weights must be submitted to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) to get a payment for a maximum of 50 calves. This year farmers get 20,- euro per calf weighed.

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