Dairy Support Scheme - ENGLAND

Posted by ChantelleStenner on June 23, 2020

Dairy Support Scheme - ENGLAND

June 23, 2020 at 3:27 PM

The Dairy Support Scheme is now open and will close on 14th  August 2020

Since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the dairy industry has faced challenges of excess milk, falling prices, and reduced demand from the hospitality sector. Defra has set up a fund to help those dairy farmers most in need in England overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The new funding will help support dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.

With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk, the new fund will provide support to help them continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare by helping cover ongoing costs. These funds will be allocated to those most in need (see section 2 ‘Who can apply’). Eligible dairy farmers will be entitled to up to £10,000 each. The amount of payment will be calculated on around 70% of their losses from actual milk sales during April and May (see section 7 ‘Payments’).

The fund will be administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). All payments received through the fund are made under s.8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 (as amended) and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework for UK Public Authorities (as amended)


Who is eligible? 

If you are a cross-border farmer with land in another part of the UK as well as in England, you may apply if the majority of your land is located in England and you received your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2019 payment from RPA.

You can apply for this scheme if both of the following apply: 

  • you supply cows milk to a wholesale purchaser
  • you have had a reduction in the average price paid for your milk of 25% or more in April 2020 compared to that paid in February 2020

Payments will not be made for May losses alone.


How and When to Apply

You can only make one application for each business registered with RPA.

We must receive your application by midnight on Friday 14th August. We cannot accept late applications.

All Dairy Response Fund payments are discretionary and there is no automatic entitlement to any payment. We will email you or write to you within 7 working days of verifying your application to tell you whether it has been accepted or rejected.

For more information or to apply for the grant please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com



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