Farmers thinking of applying to the third tranche of TAMS II have until Friday week, June 24, to submit an application to the scheme.

TAMS II aims to provide farmers with grant aid to improve and/or build a specific range of farm buildings or purchase equipment that may benefit their farm businesses.

Applications for TAMS II must be made online (manual applications by post, fax, e-mail, etc will not be accepted by the Department of Agriculture).

Clients will require access to the Department’s online services prior to applying for TAMS II schemes. Details for online access can be found on the Department’s website.

TAMS II comprises of six individual schemes;

1.Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme (YFCIS).
2.Dairy Equipment Scheme (DES).
3.Organic Capital Investment Scheme (OCIS).
4.Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme (LESS).
5.Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme (PPIS).
6.Animal Welfare Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme (AWNSS).

According to the Department of Agriculture, the scheme will present farmers with investment opportunities that will allow for the development of Irish agriculture.

The benefits of TAMS II range from the construction of new animal housing, the provision of nutrient storage facilities and the ever-important safety elements along with a more environmentally friendly approach to slurry spreading.

Last week, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed announced that farmers can now apply for sheep fencing under TAMS.

Sheep farmers can now apply online immediately in the current tranche for Sheep Fencing which is included in the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme, the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme and the Organic Scheme, the Department said.

Applicants are subject to the eligibility criteria of these schemes.

Farmers accepted into the scheme will be eligible for grant aid of €5.34/m for sheep wire with one strand of barbed wire, while the rate increases for those in mountain areas to €8.01/m.

Gateways will also be granted aided and the reference cost is €299.00 per gateway.

Farmers wishing to avail of the grant can see the full list of terms and conditions on the Department’s website, where all applicable costs are available.