Longford Farmers can avail of 60% Grant under TAMS 2

Aisling Kiernan

Reporter:

Aisling Kiernan

Email:

aisling.kiernan@longfordleader.ie

Teagasc

Thinking of building a new shed, improving handling facilities, updating slurry spreading equipment or looking to carry out new sheep fencing?

Thinking of building a new shed, improving handling facilities, updating slurry spreading equipment or looking to carry out new sheep fencing?

Then you should consider the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme 2 (TAMS 2). TAMS 2 covers many areas of farm safety and infrastructure and is open until 2020.


It runs in three month tranches and priority is given to young trained farmers and those farming in disadvantaged areas.


Grant aid is 60% for young trained farmers or 40% in all other cases up to a maximum of €80,000 spend for individuals or €160,000 for partnerships.
Minimum spend is €2,000 (all figures exclude VAT).


Farm safety should be priority on every farm.
A typical family farming situation now involves part-time farming with the day-time herding attended to by a senior farmer left to handle large suckler-bred cattle.


There were 14 farmers over 65 killed in farm accidents in 2017.


Some of the farm safety measures include; installing yard lighting, cattle and sheep handling facilities (mobile and fixed), replacing hinged (swinging) doors with sliding or roller doors, retro-fitting of safety rails on silo walls and rewiring existing farm buildings.


With regard to sheds, take time when designing one; it is a long-term investment that will serve you through most/all of your farming career.
Teagasc has a range of farm building drawings and a wealth of knowledge around farm building design. Once you have settled on a design, you will need to get drawings of the proposed building done-up.


For TAMS, you will need either full planning permission or a letter of exemption from the county council.


Some other items covered by the scheme include sheep fencing, Silage pits/bases, slurry storage (mass concrete tank without the shed), low-emission slurry spreading equipment (Umbilical or Tanker and Dribble bar/Trailing shoe/Shallow injection), dairy equipment (milking, cooling and in-parlour feeding equipment), pig & poultry, equipment for organic farming and tillage equipment.


Once approved, the farmer has either six or 12 months to do the work and submit a claim for payment depending on the investment.
Contact your local Teagasc office for a free once off consultation on 043 3341021.

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