Bulk tank sales soar in ad­vance of ex­pan­sion

Irish Independent - Farming - - Front Page -

BULK tank sales have surged in the past month as thou­sands of farm­ers aim to se­cure a place in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture's Dairy Equip­ment Scheme.

The scheme open­ing has co­in­cided with a ma­jor swell in milk sup­plies as farm­ers pre­pare for the abo­li­tion of milk quota.

This has re­sulted in huge de­mand for both new and sec­ond-hand bulk tanks.

Liam O'Con­nor, from Charleville Re­frig­er­a­tion, agents for Dari-Kool tanks, said the past few weeks have been one of the com­pany's busiest times ever.

“We ac­tu­ally have more sales or­ders than we can han­dle,” said Mr O'Con­nor.

The re­cent surge in or­ders is a di­rect re­sult of the Dairy Equip­ment Scheme (DES), he added.

“Farm­ers are think­ing about a num­ber of things such as when quo­tas go and whether they will be mov­ing from two­day to three-day col­lec­tion in the near fu­ture,” he said. sold was around 9,000 litres. The sales agent said strong milk sup­plies this spring were putting some farm­ers un­der pres­sure to in­crease their tank ca­pac­ity.

“ They are look­ing for the tanks to be de­liv­ered yes­ter­day and there are some lads who have blue bar­rels filled in the dairy when you ar­rive at the farm,” said Mr Collins.

“Farm­ers are also think­ing about mov­ing up cow num­bers by 10-15 cows and what they need is to hold an ex­tra day's milk in the tank, which a lot of co-ops are push­ing for.” The agent is cur­rently quot­ing for some 30 tanks per week for the DES and es­ti­mates that 25-30pc of the ap­pli­cants he has dealt with will ful­fil the young farmer cri­te­ria for the scheme.

How­ever, he said he was aware of a lot of farm­ers who would not ap­ply for the scheme un­til they had se­cured plan­ning per­mis­sion for changes to their dairies.

Wil­lie Walsh, from Kan­turk­based Full­wood Packo, warned that farm­ers needed to be able to max­imise marks un­der the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture's DES rank­ing sys­tem.

“ There is a huge amount of in­ter­est in this scheme and farm­ers need to know how to in­crease their chances of get­ting ap­proved,” he said.

“We have pro­duced a guide and a ready reck­oner that will ex­plain how to ap­ply to the scheme.”

The most pop­u­lar size of tank be­ing or­dered from Dairy­mas­ter is un­der­stood to be the 10,900-litre SwiftCool bulk tank.

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