£8.5 million of funding has been made available from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to support small dairy farmers in England.
If you’re a dairy farmer then you can apply for this scheme, providing a one off payment to those that are eligible if both of the following apply:
- you had an annual cows milk production of up to 1,000,000 litres (or equivalent in kilograms) during the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
- you are still active in cows’ milk production.
To be considered for funding, you will need to submit a completed application form to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) by midnight on 31 May 2017, with supporting proof of the total volume of cows’ milk produced during the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 (an annual milk cheque will suffice) and evidence that you are still active in cows’ milk production in April 2017.
Click here to view the application form: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/610375/SDFS1_v1.0_Small_Dairy_Farmers_Scheme.pdf
Payments will be capped at 500,000 litres of cows’ milk production. The RPA will calculate the rate per litre after the closing date on 31 May 2017, as it will be dependent on the number of applications received. The RPA are aiming for payments to be credited to farmers’ bank accounts by 31 July 2017, for successful applications.
Our specialist Agricultural team are on hand to help you with the application process. If you would like to apply call Sarah on 01228 711888 or email email@example.com