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Applications are now open for the Farming Equipment & Technology Fund

The Government has announced the next round of grant funding to help finance new technology and equipment on farm - and Mole Valley Farmers can help you secure it!

In the most recent Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme (CPSG) we were able to help farmers claim £1.8 million in products. The recently launched (16th November) Farming Equipment & Technology Fund: Round 1 (FETF), again provides English farmers with a funding pot to part finance new technology and equipment.

We’ve trained a team of grant specialists to manage enquiries and orders on a one-to-one basis. They can offer support and advice on your application and provide competitive quotes on our unrivalled produce range from market leading manufacturers.

What is the new Farming Equipment & Technology Fund?

The grant is a contribution towards the cost of buying new technology or equipment from an approved list (Annex 3). It’s different from the previous CPSG because it is domestically funded, rather than EU-funded.

The aim of the funding is to help:

  • Improve agricultural productivity
  • Contribute to animal health and welfare
  • Encourage more sustainable pesticide use
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with net zero targets
  • Reduce unsustainable use of abstracted water
  • Encourage sustainable management of woodland.

How much is covered?

The minimum grant value has reduced to £2,000 and the maximum grant value has increased to £25,000. It’s possible to apply for a total of £50,000 over the scheme’s duration. So if there are two rounds, you could apply for £25,000 at each round. Any funding received under the previous CPSG scheme won’t count towards the £50,000 total.

Who is eligible?

Farmers, horticulturists, forestry owners and contractors to the industry in England are eligible to apply. You must be registered with the Rural Payments service.

How do I apply?

To find the scheme manual, to check your eligibility and to find a link to the online application portal visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/farming-investment-fund#farming-equipment-and-technology-fund

Applications close on 7 January 2022.

What's covered by the grant?

Numerous items are eligible for the grant and are detailed in full under Annex 3 of the report.

Some of the items Mole Valley Farmers can supply you with are:

Example items covered by the FETF
Item Amount funded by the grant
Fixed cattle handling systems £3,866
Automatic cattle crush £895
Mobile sheep handling system £3,100
Fixed sheep handling system £1,600
EID panel reader for sheep £531
Positive Pressure Tube Ventilation £501

Call one of our grant specialists

Brian Dugdale

Scotland & North: 07584 445488

 

Clive Barrington-Cramp

Wales, Midlands & South East: 07966 711978

 

Jade Chidgey

Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire & Isle of White: 07773 176716

 

Ian Rolinson

Devon & Cornwall: 07733 224519

 

Sales & General Enquiries: 01769 576415

Join our free Grant Opportunity Webinar

Thursday 9th December 12.30pm - 1.30pm

With support from the Diverse Regeneration Company we will be discussing:

  • how the scheme works,
  • the opportunities available to you,
  • the steps to take to secure your application,
  • how our regional experts can support you,
  • and the unrivalled product range we can offer.

There will also be the opportunity to submit any specific questions you may have, and our knowledgeable team can answer.

Grant secures future-proofed handling system

Somerset beef farmers Ian and James Webber turned to Mole Valley Farmers when they decided to use the last Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme to part finance a state-of-the-art handling system.

Although James and Ian had an idea of what they wanted, Senior BDM, Jade Chidgey helped with the specifics, drawing together pricing and working alongside Ritchie to design the system’s layout.

They were keen to invest in a handling and weighing system to monitor growth rates, forecast cattle finishing numbers and track performance from the ration - and the system has enabled just that.

“It’s allowed easy weighing and easy cattle management and safety with cattle handling and a lot less stress on the animals as it’s a very simple system to run through,” says James, who weighs cattle every 4-6 weeks.

They are yet to use the EID system, but have EID tagged all cattle with tags from Mole Valley Farmers and plan to use the system in the future. “In the future everything is going EID, it’s all about future proofing,” James explains. “We like to think we’ve done it right and it should last years.”

“Jade helped us decide which weigh head, EID reader and weigh cells we needed, to fit with what we wanted it to do,” James says. “She’s very good. It was all fairly straight forward.”

The eventual system included three pens, a Ritchie squeeze crush with head scoop, EziWeigh 7 weigh head from Tru-Test and weigh cell bars. The system cost £22,640.27 + VAT with about 40% covered by the grant.

James and parents Ian and Lesley are farm contractors and hay and straw merchants based at Moorland Farm, Taunton. About five years ago they decided to set up a beef enterprise and now buy-in 3-4 months old British Blue cross dairy calves and finish 250-300 animals a year.

They were keen to invest in a handling and weighing system to monitor growth rates, forecast cattle finishing numbers and track performance from the ration - and the system has enabled just that.

“It’s allowed easy weighing and easy cattle management and safety with cattle handling and a lot less stress on the animals as it’s a very simple system to run through,” says James, who weighs cattle every 4-6 weeks.

They are yet to use the EID system, but have EID tagged all cattle with tags from Mole Valley Farmers and plan to use the system in the future. “In the future everything is going EID, it’s all about future proofing,” James explains. “We like to think we’ve done it right and it should last years.”

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