Discussion plan closes
The final number of applicants for the new three-year Dairy Efficiency Programme, which closed on Friday, won't be known until mid-March.
Applications must first be compiled by discussion group facilitators before they are forwarded to the Department for processing. This will determine the final payment received.
A total of €18m has been allocated for the scheme.
Meanwhile, the ICSA has called for suckler discussion groups to be given the same support as those in the dairy sector scheme.