In 2017 the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) piloted a scheme for dairy farmers that offered grant support for the retrofitting of vacuum and milk pumps. Due to its success, the scheme has been re-launched recently again in 2018. The grant is aimed at reducing the costs of one of the biggest users of energy on the farm – the milking parlour.
Speaking today, ifac’s Head of Farm Support, Philip O’Connor said, “Energy efficiency can and does reduce costs on a farm. In a year like 2018 where costs due to the fodder shortage are rising, any initiative to help reduce cost should be welcomed.”
Philip added, “I believe that farmers need to justify all capital expenditure. Capital investments tie up valuable working capital (cash) on a farm. Therefore all farmers need to examine the “need” and “return” of any capital investment. SEAI have shown through last year’s scheme that the investment in these technologies showed a clear rate of return.”
The scheme is open to all dairy farmers supplying all major cooperatives. All herd sizes are covered, and both single and three phase electricity is eligible.
If you have any queries on how the SEAI grant could benefit your farm or wish to confidentially discuss please contact Philip at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01-4551036 or your local Ifac office.