€523,450 to be paid to Tipperary suckler farmers.

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The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture has announced that €523,450 will be paid to Tipperary suckler farmers under the Beef Data Protection .

Nationally payments will be made to almost 26,000 suckler farmers with payments to start this week.

1,167 herds and 28,239 individual animals will benefit from payments in Tipperary.

The Beef Data Programme is aimed at helping farmers to improve the genetic quality of livestock while maintaining a flow of crucial data to Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF).

Nationally €10 million is being paid out under the programme.