ICBF launched a new online tool for our HerdPlus  members at the end of 2020. The BEAM calculator is designed to allow BEAM applicants to project forward their overall organic nitrogen produced. It is still available for those operating off of period 2 (01 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021). Users can enter the  stock numbers which they intend to have on farm from now until 31st Dec 2021. The BEAM calculator can then indicate whether you are meeting the required 5% BEAM scheme organic nitrogen reduction or not.  The calculator allows stock numbers to be adjusted until the projected overall organic nitrogen target is met. This will then help the herdowner identify if numbers must be reduced and the categories of animals where any reductions must be made.

The calculator displays the average stock numbers on farm from the 1st of July 2018 to the 30th of June 2019 (BEAM scheme reference period). This allows farmers and advisers to look back at the reference period and then project forward stock numbers using the BEAM calculator to meet the 5% stocking reduction for the end of December 2021.

Before using the calculator, farmer and advisers should refer to the online BEAM application submitted to DAFM for their exact requirements to meet 5% stocking rate deduction. The BEAM calculator is available online under the “Applications” menu on the desktop version (login into your HerdPlus online account via laptop or PC).

For queries or help using the BEAM calculator, please contact HerdPlus on 023-8820452 or email [email protected] .