5 January 2000
Suckler cow premium faces 4% cut
By FWi staff
SUCKLER cow premium could be cut by 4% across the board, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The exact level of the cut will not be calculated until final figures for 1999 quota usage are published, but it is thought to be about 40,000 units.
That would amount to a 4% cut to individual quotas across the board for the 2000 Suckler Cow Premium scheme year.
Farmers will be able to appeal against the cut if they believe it endangers the implementation of a beef extensification programme on their farm.
The cut is the result of Agenda 2000 reforms in the beef sector which stated that the total amount of Suckler Cow Premium quota in the UK must be reduced.
Producers will be informed of their new revised quota levels and the procedure of appeals next June.