Received a bill in the post from Teagasc this morning - 485 euros for the year in order to participate in the BTAP Discussion group. They want payment received before they send away the relevant information to the Dept in order for us to get paid. I'm questioning the value of this group - 485 is a lot of money to throw out next month. Knowing the system of old, it will be surprising if everyone actually gets their 1000 on time or at all. I wouldn't be a massive fan of Teagasc as an advisory service either
I have attended 3 meetings so far and to be honest I've been questioning whether or not I'll continue going to the meetings. I haven't really found them to be of much benefit and they're being organised at really bad times of the day. When at the meeting, the facilitator seems to be doing all the talking and the farmers are very reluctant to get involved or participate. Being truthful, I find this forum 10 times better for information and throwing around ideas. I believe that they were flawed from the beginning anyway. A lot of good cattle men were left out in the cold because they don't finish animals or have sucklers. Some of the best farmers I know buy in calves each year and sell as stores
Im just wondering if anyone on here has attended any meetings and how ye are finding them? Are you getting value from it do you think?