What you can claim aid for
Under the Dairy Equipment Scheme, the grant rate for milking machine equipment is 40pc and the investment ceiling is €40,000.
For milk cooling equipment, a similar grant rate of 40pc is available but the investment ceiling is lower, at €25,000.
So what equipment is eligible for grant aid and what is not?
Teagasc's farm buildings and machinery specialist Tom Ryan has compiled an overview of what farmers can and cannot claim for.
In the category of milking machine equipment, the eligible items include new milking machines, extensions to existing machines, autowashers, water heaters and heat-transfer equipment (to capture heat from milk cooling systems).
Grant aid will be available for all types of milking machines, including robotic and rotary systems.
While there is no grant for solar water-heating systems, it is likely that the hot water storage cylinder part will qualify for a grant, Ryan points out.
Farmers should be aware that the rump rail/supports for the milking machine in the parlour are not grant aided and there will be no grant aid for retrofitting equipment to existing milking machines.