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For Written Answer on : 22/11/2023
Question Number(s): 129 Question Reference(s): 51213/23
Department: Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
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QUESTION


To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine if he considers computerised calf feeders to be non “non-movable” in respect of TAMS grant payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY


The Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Scheme (TAMS 3) provides grants to farmers to build and/or improve a specified range of farm buildings and equipment on their holdings.  There is an indicative budget of €370 million available for the period 2023-2027, and all investments must be linked to Climate, Environment or Animal Welfare. 

Computerised Calf Feeders, which are deemed to be mobile equipment, are available for grant aid in the Animal Welfare and Nutrient Storage Scheme, Organic Capital Investment Scheme, Women Farmer Capital Investment Scheme and Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme

As computerised calf feeders are deemed to be mobile equipment, farmers who have applied for this investment may purchase the equipment now, at their own risk, subject to verification of eligibility in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the relevant schemes.