The Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES), a five-year programme open to farmers and crofters to help improve the efficiency and genetic value of Scotland’s suckler beef herd, is open for applications. The window for applications will close on Tuesday 31 May 2016.
In order to be eligible for BES customers must be:
• Registered on the Rural Payments and Services system
• A breeder of beef calves registered on the Cattle Tracing System
• A member of an approved Livestock Farm Assurance scheme at the time of the calf’s birth
Customers applying for BES will be required to carry out a number of actions, including collecting data about their animals, genotyping a proportion of animals, carrying out carbon audits, attending advisory services and identifying management improvements on their farm. In recognition of this payments will be made over the first three years of their five year agreement.
Further information on BES, including scheme guidance and a short video, is available on Rural Payments and Services website.
Applications can only be submitted online.