DEFRA has set aside a fund of £8.5 million to be made available to support small dairy farmers in England. The support will be in the form of a one off cash payment and there are just two eligibility requirements:

  • Your annual cows’ milk production during the period of 1st April 2015 – 31st March 2016 was less than 1 million litres.
  • You are still active in cows’ milk production.
The deadline for applications will be the 31st May 2017 and payments will be capped at 500,000 litres of milk production throughout the reference period. The rate of payment is unknown and will be calculated once all applications are received with payments hopefully being made by  the end of July 2017.

To discuss this scheme further please contact a member of the GTH Rural Professional Department. James Wotton at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on 01278 410250 /, Jamie Batt at the Yeovil office on 01935 423474 /, or Kirsty Short at the Tiverton office on 01884 243000 /