CAFRE To Host Meetings For Beef Carbon Reduction

CAFRE to host Beef Carbon Reduction Scheme information meetings

The Beef Carbon Reduction (BCR) scheme which was introduced on 1st January 2024 is a key element of DAERA’s Farm Support and Development Programme and aims to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of Northern Ireland beef production.

The scheme objective is to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and the carbon footprint of beef production by encouraging the slaughter of cattle at an earlier age.

The payment rate for the scheme has been set at £75 per eligible animal slaughtered from 1 April 2024 – 31 December 2027, with phased payments at the start of the scheme of £20 per eligible animal for January 2024, £40 for February 2024 and £60 for March 2024.

CAFRE is organising meetings across County Down and N Ireland on how to reduce carbon based gases in beef farming in order to reduce the production of greenhouse gases.

A series of BCR scheme information meetings have been organised by the CAFRE Knowledge Advisory Service to make farmers aware of the details of the scheme, the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

The meetings will also highlight steps farmers can take to ensure the maximum number of finished cattle meet the age at slaughter targets and at the same time reduce cost, increase profit and reduce their carbon footprint.

The meetings accessible to County Down farmers will be held at the venues on the following dates listed, commencing each evening at 7.30pm (other meetings with be held across venues in Northern Ireland:

Wednesday 10 April          Mourne Country Hotel, Newry,

Wednesday 17 April          Armagh City Hotel, Armagh,

Tuesday 23 April               Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch.

For more information and to register to attend these events please visit: