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Friday 24 November 2017

Grants to install ‘mats on slats’ needed urgently says TD

Substantial grants are available from the TAMS scheme for farms buildings such as slatted houses.
Substantial grants are available from the TAMS scheme for farms buildings such as slatted houses.
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The Government must address the funding issues under TAMS agreed in the Programme for Government, according to Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway Michael Fitzmaurice

He says under the Programme for Government there is a clear undertaking that under TAMS 'mats for slats' that the clearing of drains would be included.

"No later than this week I have noticed media reports from the UK where Ministers have acknowledged that if we are continue in beef production we have to have the 'mats on slats'.

"Our present Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed seems to be very quiet on a lot of issues and this is one," he said

Fitzmaurice wants Minister Michael Creed to address the issue immediately.

"We have to ensure that a fund under TAMS is put aside to ensure for animal welfare purposes that this is done.

"This must be urgently brought in under TAMS because there is only a very narrow window of opportunity between announcing, applying and giving the go ahead between now and June or July as farmers will be putting cattle into sheds again in September and October and they cannot be buying at that time of the year.

"It is imperative that the  Minister deals with this situation straight away" he concluded.

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TAMS II offers grant aid of 40% for certain on-farm capital investments (60% to ‘Young Farmers’).

The areas identified for funding over the period of the scheme are: farm nutrient storage, animal housing, dairy equipment, low emission spreading equipment, animal welfare and farm safety, pig and poultry investments, and organic capital investment.

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