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Scottish Beef Calf Scheme payments begin

Payments for the 2011 Scottish Beef Calf Scheme (SBCS) will start to arrive in bank accounts from Tuesday (April 24), with 95% of recipients expected to receive their payment by the end of April, subject to necessary validation checks. Payment information is available to view on Rural Payments Online. https://sedsh04.sedsh.gov.uk/esd/PresentLogin.do

This year's payment rate is set at £102.44 (EU118.20) for each of the first ten eligible animals, and £51.22 (EU59.10) for the remainder. The payments are entirely EU funded. Claims were received from 7,902 producers for around 434,000 animals, an increase of 10,000 from last year.

The new Scottish Beef Scheme was introduced in January 2012 following discussions held as part of the CAP review. It replaces the SBCS and allows funding to be targeted towards smaller herds through reweighted payment levels where the first ten eligible animals will receive three times the rate of any subsequent eligible animal. There is no limit to the number of claims which can be made.

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