Only ‘mobile’ handling facilities eligible for 40% grant

Only handling facilities classed as ‘mobile’ are eligible for the new 40% Farm Safety Scheme according to the Department of Agriculture’s terms and conditions for the scheme.

It says the ‘mobile’ cattle crush unit must be a minimum of 2.4m long and fitted with a sculling gate (manual or automatic) and back gate. The crush must be securely fixed when in use to prevent animals turning over the unit.

The mobile cattle crush unit does not include associated mobile penning. Mobile cattle penning must be listed separately on the application form. Mobile cattle penning can only be granted if it is included as part of an application that also includes a mobile cattle crush or if the applicant has received approval for a handling race as part of an earlier application .

Sheep

Mobile sheep penning (up to a maximum of 75m) can only be granted if it is included as part of an application that also includes a mobile handling race or if the applicant has received approval for a handling race as part of an earlier application. Portable sheep handling race does not include associated mobile penning (e.g. forcing gate/penning etc.).

Similar to the cattle handling equipment mobile sheep penning must be listed separately on the application form.

Mobile handling units (cattle and sheep) comprising of integrated handling/weighing/rollover crate should be treated as separate investment items and listed individually.

For more information on the terms and conditions for the scheme click here

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