SCEP ‘first step’ in rebuilding suckler herd

IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden has described the Suckler Carbon Efficiency Programme (SCEP) as the ‘first step’ in rebuilding the suckler herd, but said farmers must now be paid in full.

He said Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, following last year’s Budget, talked about an additional €90/cow in this scheme.

“The Minister must now honour that and ensure the new scheme to be announced in the coming weeks provides an additional €90/cow for all cows farmers apply on,” he said before calling for SCEP costs to be kept to a minimum so that supports remain with suckler farmers.