Given that the system is working well for the majority of farmers, we continue to encourage all those who can, to submit their SAFs as soon as possible, and not to delay just because of the extension.
The terms of the extension offered by the EU means that there is no separate penalty free period for amendments to add or increase a claim to a SAF. A SAF can be amended after June 15, 2016 by writing to the Scottish Government. SAFs amended, to add or increase a claim, between June 16 and July 11, 2016 will be subject to late penalties.
· Please note that additional late submission penalties may be incurred for any supporting documents submitted after 15 June 2015.
· The Scottish Government cannot accept a SAF received after July 11, 2016 unless Force Majeure or Exceptional Circumstance provisions apply.
The deadline for submitting supporting Agri-Environment Climate Scheme documents remains unchanged at May 16, 2016.
Beef Efficiency Scheme
· Producers are also reminded that the Beef Efficiency Scheme, 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.