Minister of State and Fianna Fáil TD, Anne Rabbitte, has confirmed that Galway beef farmers are set to receive over €4 million in payments under the Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme – Suckler (BEEP-S).

A total of €4,283,125 has been allocated by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to 2,728 farmers across Galway.

Minister Rabbitte commented:

It’s very welcome news for farmers across Galway that these payments have commenced. I understand that the payments will continue to be paid over the coming weeks, just ahead of Christmas.

Galway leads the charge on participation in the scheme, with the allocation of funds the largest in the country, accounting for over 10% of the €40 million total being paid.

And she continued:

These payments are so important for farmers and their families around Galway. I know it was important for farmers to receive these payments in full and I’m glad to say the government has delivered on this.

Minister Rabbitte concluded:

Suckler farmers use the BEEP-S to increase economic and environmental efficiency in their herd, which in turn helps bolster best practice in the sector. The payments reflect the hard work and dedication of these farmers, particularly in what have been difficult times.

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