Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2023
Our Harper Adams Student Consultant, Emily Salisbury kindly reviewed the takeaway moments from the DEFRA webinar that ran yesterday, Tuesday 28th February.
There are two strands of funding available:
The Farming Transformation Fund
- Supports larger transformational projects.
- Intention to launch a water improvement grant in the Spring 2023.
- Support on-farm reservoirs.
- Support the best irrigation practices.
- Irrigation infrastructure
- Plans to announce further rounds of slurry infrastructure and a new animal health and welfare infrastructure grant for cattle farmers.
- Other grants to fund automation and robotics will be available later in 2023.
The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund
- Productivity and slurry fund opened 21st February, closing on 4th April, 91 items.
- Max £25k claim with £1k being the minimum claim per theme.
- Competitive scheme.
- No ex-demo, second hand, part exchange or ‘try before you buy’ items are eligible, but this may change in the future.
- Animal Health and Welfare – Open March 2023, 112 items, serial numbers required for specific items.
Productivity and slurry and animal health and welfare will be two separate portals.
Animal Health and Welfare
- Animal Health and Welfare Review
- Opened 7 Feb 2023
- Vet or Vet-led team visit farm and carry out a yearly review of annual health and welfare.
- Restricted to one visit per keeper.
- Option to Choose own Vet.
- Animal Health and Welfare Grants (FETF)
- Capital investments in equipment technology and infrastructure that support health and welfare priorities.
- Disease eradication and control programmes
- From 2023/24
- Diagnostic testing, vaccination, vet advice and farm management
- Payment is by results, results-based finance of improvement in health and welfare is being trialed in 2023.
· Tackle PRRS.
· Increase biosecurity.
· Decrease sow confinement during farrowing.
· Reduce stressors to keep tails intact.
· Tailored screening for priority endemic diseases.
· Reduce lameness.
· Improve Pain management.
· Improve Ewe sustainability.
· bovine viral diarrhoea (BDV).
· Reduce lameness and mastitis.
· Upgrade housing.
· Improve pain management.
· Improve welfare at pasture.
· Adopt welfare – improving technology.
· Better chicken commitment.
· Transition out of cages.
· Improve feather cover and heel bone health.
- Applications to each portal are scored separately.
- The scores for each item are added up and averaged.
- If they are oversubscribed, funding will be awarded to the highest scoring applications.
1 X FETF 45 – 6m Seed Drill (item score: 64)
1 X FETF 27 – Slurry Separators (item score: 63)
1 X FETF 32 – Dribble Bar (item score: 58)
Application Scores 61.67 (64+63+58 = 185/3)
Expected average total costs of items
- Manufacturers were visited in Autumn 2022, the lowest price given was indicated.
- Invoices from round one also assisted with this figure.
- Every item has a letter:
- A – Animal Health and Welfare
- P – Productivity
- S – Slurry
- Ensure that the same details on RPA are used when applying – business name, email address etc.
- Refundable deposits can be asked from suppliers.
- They must not exceed 50% of the total cost of item.
- Discussions regarding deposits and/or orders must occur whilst window is open.
- Claim form open for 6 months until October 2023.
- Confirmation to be granted 4 weeks are after the applications close.
- Potential for ongoing post checks for 5 years.
- You do not have to be a BPS recipient in order to receive the funding, but you must have an SBI number.
- An invoice from the supplier containing the full amount must be obtained.
For more information contact FETFenquiries@rpa.gov.uk