Beef farmers could be facing €40m payback

It would be “immoral” to attempt to seek a payback of up to €40m from farmers under the Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) scheme.

That’s according to Roscommon/East Galway TD Denis Naughten, who made the comments after it emerged that the national suckler herd as a whole has already fallen by 6% between June 2018 and June 2020.

However there are reports that up to 18,000 farmers could face a clawback of €40m if they fail to achieve a 5% reduction of bovine livestock manure nitrogen under BEAM, which was co-funded by the EU Commission.

Deputy Naughten explained why there are calls for the money to be repaid.