Eligible farmers and crofters are reminded to apply to the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (SSBSS) before the deadline of December 31, 2020.

Support is available for calves provided they are at least 75% beef bred, born on a Scottish holding and kept there for 30 days. Calves born on or after December 2, 2020, will not be eligible until the next scheme year.

The scheme provides targeted support to beef producers, with an annual budget of £34 million for beef calves born on the Scottish mainland and £6 million for claims from the Scottish islands.

The payment rate per animal is determined by the number of eligible animals claimed, and there is no limit to the number of claims that a farmer or crofter can make by the 31 December deadline.

Funding plays an important role

NFU Scotland’s Livestock Committee Chair Jimmy Ireland, who farms at Darvel in Ayrshire, said:

“Scottish beef farmers and crofters are working hard to produce the best beef in the world sustainably, utilising our regenerative natural resources.

The funding available through the SSBSS plays an important role in maintaining suckler herds in all parts of Scotland and encourages active farming in our rural communities.

“It’s vital that we maintain our iconic beef herd, and as with other sources of agricultural support, this funding has a role in driving local economies and providing rural jobs and opportunities.”