15 JANUARY 2019
ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks has welcomed the inclusion of meal bins as an eligible investment in TAMS for all sectors. “During our discussions on TAMS with the Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine ICSA had looked for this concession and had been guaranteed of its inclusion if the funding was available. We now see the follow through on that promise and I commend the department for that,” said Mr Brooks.
“The fodder crisis of last year highlighted the need for clean and safe storage solutions for meal concentrates. Meal bins provide this and also give farmers the option of buying concentrates in bulk and avail of any savings to be made. This is hugely important in sectors where tight margins and low incomes are features. In addition, it gives parity to the beef and sheep sectors as dairy farmers already receive support for feeding systems. ICSA will continue to liaise with department officials on other meaningful ways to support drystock farmers through TAMS,” concluded Mr Brooks.
The current tranche of TAMS opened in December and will remain open until 5 April 2019.