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IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan today (Tuesday) welcomed the increase in the Calf Investment Scheme budget from €1.5m to €4m, as this should allow for all eligible applications to be grant aided to the full 40% promised in the scheme.

The scheme is crucial to farmers who in many cases this spring have needed to hold on to calves a little longer on farms.

Mr Phelan reminded farmers that the date by which claims for the CIS grant must be returned to the Department of Agriculture is 30th June next.

IFA has made a detailed submission to the Government and the EU Commission in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full submission is available here.

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IFA President Tim Cullinan said he had full confidence in our dairy co-ops to continue processing all milk during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Commenting on the new dairy herd breeding guidelines being sent to farmers by the Department of Agriculture and ICBF this week, IFA National Dairy Chairman Tom Phelan said they were in keeping with the IFA policy on Managing Dairy Calves published last Autumn.

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Reacting to the announcement that marts are to close, IFA President Tim Cullinan said it was disappointing and another challenge to the trade, but emphasised that alternative safe arrangements can be put in place.

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