An extension to the application deadline now means that farmers have until 15 June to apply for a share of up to £45 million of support for the beef sector.
The new beef efficiency scheme aims to improve the efficiency, sustainability and quality of the Scottish beef herd, helping to increase profitability and cut greenhouse gas emissions – however so far only 637 from a potential pool of 8,000 producers have applied.
Encouraging calf producers to grasp the opportunity, rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish Government has earmarked up to £45m for the beef efficiency scheme, representing an unprecedented investment in the sector. The potential returns are significant, both for individual producers and for beef farming as a whole.
“Signing up makes sound business sense – eligible producers will receive financial support for improving the quality of their herd to increase on-farm efficiency and maximise profits. The longer-term environmental benefits are also sizeable.”
Ewing said that singing up for the scheme – through the ScotEID website – was quick and easy to do and added that applications would continue to be monitored to see if further action was needed to increase participation.
NFUS vice-president Rob Livesey said: “At this busy time of year we welcome the extension. This will allow farmers who wish to be part of scheme some extra time to sign up.”