Just a week left for farmers to apply for help to buy machinery

There is just a week left for farmers to apply for up to £12,000 towards the cost of new machinery.

It’s an exciting prospect to help with the cost of smaller machinery and equipment but the deadline of March 14 is fast approaching.

Up to £60 million has been made available nationally for the scheme, known as the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme, and each farmer can apply for up to 40 per cent of the total cost of the item, between £3,000 and £12,000.

At Madeleys, we know the huge difference this can make to farmers across the area, and the progress this can help them make on their farm, so we’ve been in support of the funding since it was announced by farming minister George Eustice.

Speaking at the Dairy Tech event where he made the announcement, the minister said the hope was more farmers would be able to access equipment and embark on more innovative and ambitious projects.

He also said demand for the grants was expected to be very high.

We’re available to help with applications up until the deadline as we know sometimes the time involved in filling in the paperwork can put some people off applying for funding which really would be beneficial to them.

The equipment applied for can come under any of seven categories: cattle, sheep, pig, general livestock, precision farming, resource management or other general equipment, with each application being scored according to a set criteria.

Once it has been approved, the money is released immediately which means no waiting around to purchase the machinery.

Items can include livestock handling systems, crushes, calving detectors, weighing equipment, calf feeders, electronic identification devices (EID), pasture plate meters and electric scraper systems with arable farmers able to apply for GPS units, yield mapping devices, variable rate controllers and direct or strip till drills.

There is still time left but only seven days, so please call us on 01952 727007 as soon as possible to discuss your application.