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Automatic calf feeder

Automatic calf feeder

Automatic calf feeder

Payments have now commenced under the Calf Investment Scheme. 

The Calf Investment Scheme was launched last December and opened for applications on 7 January 2020. Over 2,300 applications were received and approved to proceed under the scheme.

The primary policy objective of the scheme is to support farmers in ensuring the welfare of calves born on Irish dairy farms, recognising the operational challenges associated with feeding in the early weeks of their lives. The investment focus is on supporting calf feeding systems such as computerised calf feeders, milk carts with mixer included and calf teat feeders. When a farmer purchased one of these items, they were also eligible to receive support for the purchase of other items, such as calf milk heaters, calf forage/hay racks, calf meal troughs, calf feed barriers and calf pen dividers.

The Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Dara Calleary said he was delighted with the level of interest in this scheme.

He encouraged anyone that received approval to purchase their equipment and submit their payment claim as soon as possible.

" I would remind all approved applicants that their application for payment must be submitted by the extended deadline of 30 September 2020, at the latest.”

Potential applicants are also reminded that the closing date for Tranche 18 of TAMS II has been extended to 21 August 2020.

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