A firm grip on sheep handling
The opening of the TAMS II scheme has led to renewed demand for sheep handling systems
With TAMS II opening in recent weeks, there is a renewed interest among sheep farmers about handling equipment options.
Equipment specialist such as Cormac's Bernie Mangan say that they have been "running on fumes" with the level of work that has been generated over the last number of months.
Much of this has been last minute applicants to the TAMS I scheme, but in anticipation of a sustained period of investment by farmers over the new scheme's life up to 2020, companies such as Cormac and Mayo's Connacht Agri are increasing staffing numbers and manufacturing output.
Grants of up to 40pc of the reference price (see table) are available up to a maximum total spend of €80,000.
Applications will be ranked, with extra points for applicants under 40 years of age, farming in Areas of Natural Constraint, larger enterprises, first-time TAMS applicants, and low-cost applications.
One man that has specialised in the design and installation of sheep handling units is Graham Potterton.
The Kildare native works for Cork farm equipment makers and distributors, O'Donovan Engineering, but he specialises in the top-end sheep equipment line manufactured by New Zealand's Prattley.