Jackie Duggan joins the Carroll Consultancy team

Carroll Consultancy is delighted to announce the appointment of Jackie Duggan to the firm as an Agricultural Technician. Jackie worked for over 25 years with the Department of Agriculture up until his retirement in 2012. He was appointed District Superintendent of the Claremorris Department office in 1997 and was responsible for the implementation of the farm grant schemes, REPS, AEOS and other Department funded programmes.

At the announcement of his appointment, our Managing Director, Breian Carroll said ‘Jackie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team where he will be assisting our large client base with their developments under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS)’ He added ‘Jackie, with 25 years farm grant experience, fulfills the unique service we now provide to farmers, where we complete the design of the proposed development, the planning process and application, outline the proposed cost for the farmer and submit the entire farm grant and grant payment applications’.

Carroll Consultancy sponsoring Mid West Farming Matters

Carroll Consultancy is very pleased to announce the current sponsorship of Mid West radio’s (96.1 FM) Farming Matters programme, which broadcasts every Wednesday night from 10pm to 11pm. The programme is presented by Michael Neary and commands a large listenership in the Connacht region.

On last nights edition, our Managing Director Breian Carroll outlined the entire details in relation to the current farm grant schemes – Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS).

Planning Permission and Farm Grant (TAMS) Service

Planning Permission and Farm Grant (TAMS) Service

At Carroll Consultancy, we are the only firm in the region that completes the entire process from planning permission to your grant payment under the recently launched farm schemes (TAMS – Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme) below:

  • Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme
  • Dairy Equipment Scheme
  • Organic Capital Investment Scheme
  • Low Emissions Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme
  • Animal Welfare Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme

The stages of our new professional service for our farmer client include the following:

  • Farmyard and structures survey: slurry, soiled water, silage effluent and dairy washings analysis. Discussions with our client regarding the proposed investment.
  • Assessment of the farm’s compliance with the Nitrates Regulations.
  • Analysis and estimate of the cost of the proposal. Assessment of the building contractor’s estimate of cost, if required.
  • Entire planning permission application – survey, design stage, draft drawings and final drawings. Discussions with the farmer client and submission of the application to the local authority.
  • Compilation of Nutrient Management Plan for the farm as required by the local authority.
  • Communications and discussions with the local authority and the DAFM on behalf of our client.
  • Completing and submitting the TAMS application for grant aid.
  • Processing building invoices and certificates. Submission of these and final documents for payment on behalf of the client to the DAFM.

Contact us now in our office to discuss.

Breián Carroll from Carroll Consultancy attends land eligibility meeting in the Oireachtas

Our Managing Director, Breián Carroll was recently part of a delegation representing the Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) at the Oireachtas meeting of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The topics discussed were :
(i) Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals: Schedule A: COM (2015)41; and
(ii) Uncertainty faced by farmers regarding eligibility of marginal land under the Basic Payment Scheme and issues concerning GLAS:

The full meeting can be viewed on the link below.

Oireachtas Meeting

Basic Payment Scheme Advisors in Co. Mayo

The Department of Agriculture,  Food and the Marine have indicated that Basic Payment Scheme  Applications will be sent to farmers in the forthcoming days.  Farmers will receive their Basic Payment Scheme Application and farm maps in this pack.  It is also expected that a statement of farmers entitlements under the BPS will also issue shortly. At Carroll Consultancy all our Advisors are registered and approved with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to assess and assist farmers with their applications. It is essential that farmers receive independent advice in relation to their farm entitlements for 2015.

Contact us today in Mayo to arrange an appointment with our Basic Payment Scheme Advisors.

GLAS to be launched this week

The new Agri Environmental Scheme GLAS is expected to be launched this weekend in Mayo by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Mr. Simon Coveney.  This scheme will pay farmers a maximum payment of €5,000 per annum subject to the completion of suitable options on their farm.  At Carroll Consultancy our Advisors are approved GLAS Advisors and GLAS Planners and also GLAS Commonage Advisors. Our Advisors are registered on the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) register with the DAFM and are available to assist farmers with their GLAS Planning.

Please contact us immediately if you wish to discuss your GLAS Application.

Dates for our Information Meetings on the Basic Payment Scheme, Young Farmers Scheme/National Reserve and GLAS

We are organising Important Information Meetings on the Basic Payment Scheme, Young Farmers Scheme/National Reserve and GLAS in the region in the forthcoming weeks as outlined below:

  • Tuesday, January 20th in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford.
  • Thursday, January 22nd in Durkins Hotel, Ballaghaderreen.
  • Tuesday, January 27th in the Mayfly Hotel, Foxford.
  • Thursday, January 29th in Knock House Hotel, Knock

All meetings commence at 8pm sharp with registration from 7.30pm.

All are welcome.

Public Meeting on Farm Succession. Event co-hosted by Carroll Consultancy and P. O’Connor Solicitors.

A Public Meeting on Farm Succession and related matters will take place on Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 8.00pm in the Park House Hotel, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. This is an extremely important matter for all farmers and topics to be discussed on the night will include the following: Advice to assist you in making a decision regarding the transfer of your farm, who should inherit it, making a will, leasing your land, related taxation issues, securing your farm payments, the Basic Payment Scheme and many other related matters.


Appointment of Denise Williams to the firm

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Denise Williams as an Agricultural Consultant to our firm. Denise graduated from University College Dublin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree and in 2014 completed a research masters degree focusing on herbage chemical composition and urine nitrogen output from cows with Teagasc and UCD through Grange Research Centre in Co Meath. Denise has previous experience in the agricultural advisory sector and is a registered farm advisor. She will be assisting in the strategic development of the advisory service of the firm with particular emphasis on all the new measures under the proposed Rural Development Programme.