Scottish Government reports that Scottish Beef Scheme payments on Friday with around 95 per cent of producers receiving their funding – which is worth around £22 million to the Scottish beef sector – by Wednesday April 24.
Depending on whether the farm elected to be paid in euros or sterling, the 2012 payment rates are: High rate - for the first 10 valid animals - €168.30 or £134.31 and Low rate – for all subsequent valid animals - €56.10 or £44.77.
This year the scheme operation has been altered to support smaller herds, with a significant change to the weighting of payments from a 2x factor to a 3x factor for the first ten animals i.e. the payment rate for the first ten animals is higher. Since the funding pot stays the same this means that there will be some winners and some losers under this system. Scottish Government reports that the change to the weighting means that 4,600 producers will be better off or unchanged, whilst 2,800 will be worse off.
The practical impact of this is that for all those claiming up to 10 animals (c.1,700 from c.7,400 total claimants), the average payment will increase by 31%. For those claiming 51 animals the average payment will decline by 6%. The top 10% of claimants will see their average payment go down by 11%.