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PART IIIBeef special premium

Specific requirements relating to applications for beef special premium

13.—(1) An application for beef special premium shall be made at such time, in such form and shall include such information as the Scottish Ministers may require.

(2) No application for beef special premium shall be accepted by the Scottish Ministers unless that application is accompanied by the cattle passport or national administrative document in respect of each bovine animal to which that application relates.

(3) A producer may not make more than twenty applications for beef special premium during any scheme year.

(4) In respect of any application made to the Scottish Ministers for beef special premium–

(a)for the purposes of the first indent of Article 4(5) of Council Regulation 1254/1999, the headage limit of 90 bovine animals per holding and per age bracket shall not apply; and

(b)for the purposes of the second indent of that Article, where the regional ceiling has been exceeded, a proportionate reduction in the number of bovine animals entitled to benefit from the beef special premium shall not be applied to any application for beef special premium made by a small producer.

(5) For the purpose of paragraph (4), “small producer” means an applicant who has, for the scheme year in question, made one or more applications for beef special premium in respect of no more than 30 bovine animals in total, which animals shall not include bovine animals–

(a)covered by an application for beef special premium which has subsequently been withdrawn by the applicant; or

(b)withdrawn from an application for beef special premium as a result of errors notified by the applicant to the Scottish Ministers pursuant to Article 11(1a) of Commission Regulation 3887/1992(1).

(1)

Article 11(1a) was inserted by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1678/1998 (O.J. No. L 212, 30.07.98, p.23).