Milk quota has been allocated to 92 new entrants in the 2012 New Entrants to Dairying Scheme.
They include 57 who had not previously held quota, and will each receive 200,000 litres. The remaining 35 successful applicants had previously purchased quota as new entrants or successors under the Milk Quota Trading Scheme. They will receive allocations totalling four million litres.
The increased numbers of successful applicants is a result of re-allocating quota not taken up in the 2009 and 2010 Schemes.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said: “Notwithstanding the challenges currently facing the dairy industry in the form of costs, weather and quota restrictions, it is heartening to see the tremendous interest shown by so many in identifying dairy farming as a future career.”
There were 286 applications to the scheme.
Next year is the last year of the New Entrants to Dairying Schemes.
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