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Coveney Announces Increase in Funding for Sheep Fencing in Mountainous Areas

TAMS Sheep Fencing/Mobile Handling Scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced increased Reference Costs for the erection of certain types of sheep fencing in mountainous areas. These changes will take effect from 1st October 2013. 

The Minister stated that he was aware that some farmers in mountainous areas faced additional costs when erecting sheep fencing. This increase in the Department’s Reference Costs would further encourage those farmers to participate in the Scheme. 

The intention is that the current tranche under the Scheme will close as normal on 30 September 2013.   Funding of at least €1.5 million will therefore be available for the final tranche which opens on 1 October 2013 and will close for the receipt of valid applications on 31 December 2013.

Farmers who wish to apply for grant-aid under the Scheme with effect from 1 October 2013 will be required to use the revised application forms which will be available on the Department’s website with effect from that date.  

 

Date Released: 11 September 2013