Farm Ireland

Friday 18 August 2017

New point-scoring system

A points plan applies for dairy scheme
A points plan applies for dairy scheme
Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

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.

Farmers who did not receive grant or approval under the Farm Improvement Scheme for items that are eligible under the Dairy Equipment Scheme will get priority. Farmers will be scored on their participation in the Dairy Efficiency Scheme (discussion group participation) and farmers who record animal events through the ICBF.

Farmers in Less Favoured Areas will be given priority, while investment in sheep or goat milk production will also be taken into account.

Finally, the proposed cost of investment per litre of milk quota will be taken into account.

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