New point-scoring system
Department of Agriculture officials will apply a new points-scoring system to their selection criteria for the Dairy Equipment Scheme.
Farmers who score the highest points will be given priority for entry and approval under the scheme. While a complete breakdown of the points system was unavailable as we went to press, it is believed that the selection criteria will include some or all of the following items.
Farmers who score points from meeting the following criteria:
1. A successful applicant in the New Entrants Scheme;
2. Successful applicant in the Milk Quota Transfer Scheme (MQTS);
3. Less than 35 years of age with relevant training;
4. With relevant training.
The cost of each farmer's proposal will be assessed as part of the selection criteria. It is believed that farmers whose costs are around 80pc of the Department of Agriculture's reference costs will score the highest marks in this category. So, farmers who submit cheaper quotes could have a better chance of being approved.