The closing date for a €100 million fund to ease the impact of Brexit on beef farmers has been extended.

The Beef Exceptional Aid Measure (BEAM) scheme was announced by the Minister for Agriculture during the summer.

It is thought 70,000 farmers could be entitled to payments under the scheme, however, just 20,000 applications have been received so far.

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed this morning announced that the closing date of 8 September has now been extended to 15 September.

Under the scheme beef farmers who meet certain criteria could be entitled to payments to help ease the impact of Brexit on cattle prices.