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TAMS to be boost for dairy farmers

Francis Farragher

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John O'Mahony: positive news for dairy farmers in West.

GALWAY dairy farmers have been advised to look closely at the options being offered in the new TAMS II Dairy Equipment Scheme with a view to upgrading and improving facilities on their farms.

Charlie Whiriskey, Galway IFA Dairy Committee Chairman, said that the scheme was to be welcomed as if offered significant grant aid to dairy farmers between now and 2020.

“Dairy farmers, like most other farmers, are involved in a continuous cycle of reinvesting  money into their enterprises. It is always an ongoing process but there are significant grants available and farmers should look very closely at all their options,” said Charlie Whiriskey.

A grant rate of 40% is available under the dairy section of Tams II up to a maximum investment of €80,000 – this would mean a maximum grant allocation of €32,000 per applicant.

Last week, Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, announced that an ‘indicative allowance’ of €50 million was being made available for the dairy scheme over the course of the five year Rural Development Programme from 2015 to 2020.

Accorsding to Junior Agriculture Minister, Tom Hayes, the specific areas of investment covered by the scheme, will include milking machines, milk cooling and storage equipment, water heating and in-parlour feeding systems.

“I encourage all farmers thinking of investing to study the terms and conditions carefully to see how the new scheme could benefit them. All applications must be made on-line, either by the farmer or by an adviser authorised to act on his or her behalf,” said Tom Hayes.

Fine Gael TD, John O’Mahony, said that the scheme would directly support ‘the modern and forward looking’ dairy enterprises in farms in both counties.

“The Minister has stated how important it is to ensure that farmers have access to the most up to date technology  to enable them compete in the modern day dairy sector and this scheme will certainly help them in that regard,” he said.

The first tranche of applications for the scheme – now opening online – will be taken up until early October, but the scheme will continue to ‘roll on’ until 2020.

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A strong Galway interest in move to organics

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Minister Pippa Hackett

GALWAY farmers are in the ‘top three’ of applicants to have applied for inclusion in grants to convert to an organic farming set-up over the coming years.

Figures published by Minister of State, Pippa Hackett last week, show that 26 Galway farmers are among the 317 applicants across the country, seeking to make the move to an organic set up.

Cork – the leading county in Ireland for organic farming – top the list of new applicants at 33, followed by Tipperary on 27, and then Galway on 26.

Roscommon continues to be one of the leading organic counties in the country with 15 more applicants in the new scheme – according to Teagasc statistics from 2017, there were 189 organic farmers in Roscommon.

According to Minister Pippa Hackett, if all those who applied are eligible and get the go ahead and convert, it would see an increase of more than 20%  in the number of famers farming organically in Ireland supported by the Department’s Organic Farming Scheme.

“So, between that and the geographical spread of applications being so broad, the indications are very positive.

“I’m very hopeful that all types of farming will be well represented. I also expect that we should be able to accommodate all the eligible farmers who wish to go ahead, subject to their applications meeting the criteria,” said Pippa Hackett.

The Minister secured funding of €4 million to facilitate the re-opening of the Organic Farming Scheme this year and had hoped for applications to come in at between the 400 and 500 mark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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The last straw!

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Martin Murphy: New CAP could be a 'wipe-out'.

A GALWAY farm representative has warned that farming as a way of life could be faced with a virtual ‘wipe out’ unless major changes occur in what’s proposed in the CAP Reform package.

Martin Murphy, Galway IFA National Council Representative, told the Farming Tribune that the Eco-Scheme element of the next CAP would be ‘an absolute disaster’ for farming in the region.

He said that in one fell swoop up to 25% of the current basic payment would be taken from the overall figure as a so-called successor to the greening measure.

“We are doing everything in our power to see what can be done to avoid this crash that’s coming down the tracks for Irish farming.

“Over the coming weeks, IFA is endeavouring to contact every TD and Senator in the country to see what can be done even at this late stage to try and avert what will be a real crisis for farming across the country,” said Martin Murphy.

He pointed out that the Eco-Scheme element to the new CAP would not be based on REPS type measures such as maintaining walls or hedgerows but would involve substantial investment by farmers.

“As far as I can see, what the new CAP will be, is a glorified environmental scheme that will decimate farm incomes between 2023 and 2027.

“While the current CAP will stay in operation for this year and for 2022, the crunch for farming will come in 2023 – up until 2027 – when the new conditions will be in play.

“To be honest, I don’t see at this stage what can be done, or how all this got through our MEPs in the European Parliament, but we have to try and stop it,” added Martin Murphy.

He also warned that many farmers would also see a major reduction in their entitlements payment per hectare under convergence but without a corresponding increase for farmers on lower rates of payment.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Replanting is the way to go after felling

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TONY LENIGHAN of the Western Forestry Co-op looks at the dos and don'ts of what’s involved when replanting is on the agenda.

A lot of private forest owners have harvested their trees and reaped the reward of strong timber prices in the last year, and you may be wondering, how or when, to replant your land and what are the options.

Firstly, forest land is a valuable asset and should be replanted for both yourself and the next generation.

You can replant with the same trees if you were happy with the return or change to a mix of species, but this very much depends on the soil type and quality – a forester such as myself can advise you on this.

You must also check the replanting conditions that came with your felling licence – we can help advise here if you are not happy with those conditions.

An important point is the sooner replanting is completed after clearfell, the less maintenance it will cost you in the long-term.

Western Forestry Co-op provide two different options for forest owners. The first is for initial establishment to include mounding/windrowing, good quality trees, planting and fertilising.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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