The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has announced that the Calf Investment Scheme (CIS) opened for applications on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

This scheme is a new initiative from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with €1.5m in funding for on-farm investment for a range of investments including calf feeders, computerised calf feeders and milk carts with mixers.

A range of additional investment items are available for selection in addition to these main investments.

Grant aid of up to €3,000 per holding will be made in respect of these investment items.

The minister commented: “This is a new scheme which will add significant capacity on Irish farms for the rearing of calves and will further enhance the health and welfare credentials of Irish agriculture. I would urge farmers to consider investing in these measures and hope to see a high level of uptake under this initiative.”

The scheme will be open for applications, which must be submitted by email, from Tuesday, January 7 until  Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Further details, including the application form and an FAQ note, are available on the department’s website at: