Farm Ireland

Sunday 25 March 2018

TAMS extension pressure mounts

Calls are mounting for Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to extend the deadline for Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) into 2014.

Millions of euro remain unspent in various TAMS schemes, according to IFA rural development chairman Flor McCarthy, who called for the schemes' closing dates to be moved into 2014.

Only €10m of the €45m projected for the Dairy Equipment Scheme has been paid out to date, while less than €1m of the €8m allocated for the sheep handling and fencing has been used up.


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Research from UCC on a range of Piedmontese beef produced by two farmers in Tipperary and Laois has found their beef is lower in cholesterol and has less fat than beef from other breeds.

John Commins and Michael Fennelly used an innovation voucher provided by the Enterprise Board to have their 'Irish Piedmontese Beef' samples tested by Dr Kerry from the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork.

Dr Kerry's team found that Irish-reared Piedmontese cattle produced beef steaks, roasts and mince beef that were significantly lower in fat and cholesterol than beef from crossbred beef animals such as Hereford crosses.

Irish Independent