The latest tranche of grant aid announced by the Department of Agriculture is commonly known as TAMS II (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme). This has already been opened for young farmers – Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme (YFCIS) – and for dairy farmers under the Dairy Equipment Scheme (DES). This grant scheme covers the purchase and installation of new milking and milk storage equipment subject to a maximum investment of €80,000. It also now appears that goats will be eligible for other valuable farm equipment under further TAMS II funding to be made available over the next few months. This would include handling equipment, rollover crates and weighing scales. The exact details of this new scheme will be announced by the minister in due course so keep an eye on the farming press for its release. Further details on all on-farm investment schemes are available here.
More details and lots of other goat related information are contained in the latest Teagasc Goat Advisory newsletter which is available for download here.