Des Morrison Enniscrone farmer and Chairperson of ICMSA Livestock Committee

ICMSA say 8,000 applicants for Dairy Beef Calf scheme shows scope for dairy-beef integration.

 The release of details around the Dairy Beef Calf programme the day after its closure shows that in excess of 8,000 farmers applied for the pilot scheme.  ICMSA, who had proposed a more comprehensive scheme, have welcomed the outcome and the Chairperson of their Livestock Committee, Des Morrison, said the organisation’s argument that there is a need for greater integration of the dairy and beef sectors had been fully vindicated by the numbers applying for the pilot – particularly in light of the modest payments involved.

“We have long argued that there was a need for a scheme that bridges both sectors and moves the integration process up a gear.  We know that the amounts are very modest at a maximum of €400 per farmer and ICMSA is proposing that if there are surplus funds available under the scheme, the level of payment per head should be increased to utilise the full budget available.  The real encouragement here is the recognition of a common interest between dairy and beef farmers to produce a better quality beef calf. We have always maintained that both sectors and, indeed, the national economy will benefit from this initiative which should developed and enhanced in future years”, said Mr Morrison.

“ICMSA is about putting positive options in front of all farmers – regardless of sector. There is need for greater integration of the dairy and beef sectors and ICMSA will continue to advocate for a more comprehensive scheme in future years”, concluded Mr. Morrison.

Ends          28 April 2021

Des Morrison, 087-2263331

Chairperson, ICMSA Livestock Committee


Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office