Date lodged: 8 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to change its Beef Efficiency Scheme, in light of NFU Scotland's suggestions for improvements.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 21 March 2017
We have met with the NFUS on a number of occasions both before and after the scheme opened to applications. Following discussions with their Livestock Committee we made changes with regard to the timeline for weighing calves. We are in regular contact with the NFUS and at a recent meeting agreed that we would provide a simple list of 'what to do and when' that they will issue to their members.
We are aware that one of the issues concerns the reference year of 2015 and the ineligibility of animals bought after this period. There is no scope within Scottish Rural Development Programme to alter the base reference year. This has been explained in detail in a letter sent to the NFUS in 2016.