£60m farming productivity fund launched at Dairy-Tech

Posted by LindaStenner on February 12, 2018

£60m farming productivity fund launched at Dairy-Tech

February 12, 2018 at 10:54 AM

A new £60m grants scheme where farmers can bid for cash to buy new farm equipment has been announced by farming minister George Eustice.

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) Scheme offers grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 for a range of equipment and technology to be used on farms

  • The initial offer is for £15 million and applications are due in by March 14, 2018. 
  • Applications will be scored after the closing date and applicants should be notified soon afterwards as to whether they have been successful. 
  • Full details are on the Countryside Productivity page on Gov.uk. 
  • The page includes links to the Handbook and a portal to a very simple online application form. 
  • Applying online takes just a few minutes.  
  • Grants are available for a specified range of equipment. 

The intention is that there will be further rounds of grants later in the year.

Launching the scheme at this year’s Dairy Tech event held in Stoneleigh Park, Minister Eustice said many of the items eligible for funding are highly relevant to the dairy sector, including specialist foot trimming crushes and calving detectors, but there is a range of innovative items from which the majority of farmers can find something they would want to apply for.

The grant can cover up to 40 per cent of the eligible costs of certain equipment identified as helping achieve improvements in either: animal welfare; resource efficiency or nutrient management.

These items include: cattle handling systems; crushes; weighing systems; foot trimming crushes; calving detectors; footbaths; heat detection systems; teat washers; badger proof troughs; calf feeders; sheep handling systems and weigh scales; pig handling and weighing systems; creeps; EID kit; pasture plate meters etc.

“Applications forms must be completed online before the deadline of March 14,” said Kathryn Williams of Davis Meade Property Consultants.

“Farmers will be notified after the funding round closes whether or not their application has been approved.

“Once your application has been approved you can purchase all your items and then claim your money,” she added.

For further advice or help with an application contact Kathryn Williams or Sarah Wedge at the Oswestry office of Davis Meade Property Consultants on 01691 659658, email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com or sarahwedge@dmpcuk.com

 

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