Sheep fencing now eligible for grant aid

Fine Gael councillor Maura Hopkins warmly welcomes the Budget announcement of the reintroduction of sheep fencing as a measure available under the TAMS 11 scheme.

  Cllr. Hopkins said: “I have made a large number of representations on behalf of constituents requesting this measure to be included in TAMS 11.

  “Roscommon and Galway have a very high percentage of sheep farmers and sheep fencing by its nature must be regularly maintained and replaced which is a costly exercise.

  “So I am delighted TAMS 11 is now available to support this investment.”

  The first tranche of the TAMS 11 scheme for farmers who qualify for the 40 per cent grant is due to close on Friday, October 30, with further tranches due to take place every three months.

  Farmers and their advisers have been working very hard over the last few months preparing the required documentation for eligible applications.

  Cllr. Hopkins said: “Decisions on available funding, repayment capacity for loans associated with investments, location of investments, their size, preferred design and number of animals to be accommodated all need to made very carefully.

  “Investment in the farm business is a big decision and it must receive the requisite level of analysis before deciding to proceed.”

  Budget 2016 has seen a €35.8 million allocation for TAMS 11, where farmers can avail of a 40 per cent grant for on farm investment with a 60 per cent grant available for eligible young farmers.