Dairy Equipment Scheme closes to applications this week

The new TAMS II Dairy Equipment Scheme launched by the Minster for Agriculture Simon Coveney last summer closes to applications for its Tranche 1 later this week.

The Minister announced that an indicative allocation of €50m was being made available under the terms of the Dairy Equipment Scheme over the full RDP period to 2020.

Tranche 1 has a closing date of October 16 and a budget €4.16m.

The total allocation for the various on-farm investment schemes planned under TAMS II, including the Dairy Equipment Scheme, is €395m over the course of the programme.

The Dairy Equipment Scheme is co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and is open to all farmers who meet the general eligibility criteria, offering a standard rate of aid of 40%.

See also: Who is eligible for the new Dairy Equipment Scheme

The specific areas of investment will include milking machines, milk cooling and storage equipment, water heating and in-parlour feeding systems.

The first tranche of applications ran for three months and subsequent tranches will open regularly under the Scheme and which will continue to invite applications until 2020

List of eligible investments

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Queries of a technical nature relating to the specifications should be submitted by email to [email protected]