Who is eligible for new Dairy Equipment Scheme?

The new TAMS II Dairy Equipment Scheme, which is the second of the new Targeted Modernisation Schemes (TAMS II) to be launched under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, is now open.

The Dairy Equipment Scheme is open to all farmers who meet the general eligibility criteria, offering a standard rate of aid of 40%.

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

Eligibility criteria

The Dairy Equipment Scheme is open to farmers who:

  • own or have leasehold title to the site on which it is proposed to carry out the development
    subject to (ii) below;
  • (ii) have a minimum of 5ha which have been declared under the Basic Farm Payment
    Scheme/Area Aid/Integrated Administration and Control System in the year of application or
    preceding year;

Eligibility of applicant where holding is owned/leased by a legal person

An application may be accepted in the name of a legal person provided that legal person satisfies the eligibility criteria at 3.1. A copy of a company’s Companies Registration Office Certificate and Memorandum and Articles of Association must be submitted in support of the application.

Responsibility of Applicants and/or Agent

  • Full responsibility for the information contained in the application and supporting documentation submitted, whether online or manually in the case of supporting documentation rests with the applicant concerned.
  • The Department shall not accept any responsibility for errors or omissions contained in applications for grant aid or any required supporting documentation.
  • Full responsibility for the receipt of applications on the Department’s online system by the closing date rests with the applicant concerned.
  • It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to familiarise him/herself with the scheme Terms and Conditions, the specifications and any amendments thereof and with the consequences for breaches of  the scheme.
  • The approval or payment of aid under the scheme does not imply acceptance by the Minister of any responsibility as regards the obligations undertaken by the participants.