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If you are seeking grant support for Hooftrimming Crushes, you may want to use the current farm support schemes on offer in England and Scotland.
In England, the Countryside Productivity Scheme offers up to 40% of the cost of a new hooftrimming crush. In Scotland, the equivalent scheme offers to up to 50% of the costs.
For farmers, this is an opportunity to get hold of some really beneficial, cost saving equipment, at a greatly subsidised cost. Very often, these schemes can seem complicated, or hard to understand.
In this blog, we will outline and summarise the details of some of these grants.
The Countryside Productivity Scheme
The countryside productivity scheme is available to farmers in England. Round 3 of the scheme opened on October 7th, and it offers a 40% subsidy on hoof trimming equipment. Just look for Item Number SG11 on the grant approved product list.
How Does the Hooftrimming Crushes Grant Work?
A standard cost is set for a hoof trimming crush, at £4,400. Farmers are then paid 40% of that amount (£1,760) based on their investment. £1,760 is the maximum funding that can be obtained. If the hoof trimming unit costs less that £4,400, the farmer will be paid 40% of the lower amount. If the unit costs more than £4,400, the payment will remain at £1,760.
The scheme runs until noon on 4th November 2020. Applications will be accepted up until then. The hoof trimming crush does not need to be purchased before that date. Your grant application will be processed and awarded after that date. The deadline for having the equipment purchased, delivered and installed on your farm is March 31st, 2021.
How to Apply for the Hooftrimming Crushes Grant
First you will need to make sure you have all the required information. Then you need to check that the items you want are actually available within the timescale of the scheme. Make sure you do not order or pay deposits until your grant has been approved.
You will also need to check that your details in the Rural Payments service are correct. If not, update them.
There are detailed handbooks and useful guides on how to fill out the application form for the scheme. These can be found on the Gov.uk website here. You can find an application form for scheme on the Gov.uk website here.
There is also a useful video about the scheme and details of how to apply.
Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grants Scheme
This scheme is currently running in Scotland, although the deadline for applications has closed. However, farmers who successfully receive funding have a deadline of March 31st 2021. Then need to ensure that their equipment is purchased, paid for, and installed on their farm before this date.
The scheme offers a 50% subsidy on hoof trimming equipment, based on a standard cost of £5000. Therefore, the maximum funding that can be obtained is £2500. It is important to note that farmers in the Highlands or Scottish Islands can avail of a 60% grant due to greater transport costs.
Factors to Consider when Choosing Equipment
When choosing equipment to purchase under this scheme, it is important to ensure that the equipment complies with the grant specification.
For example, the crush must be galvanized and there are certain size specifications too. You need to check these out before you buy.
For the Countryside Productivity Scheme, you can find specific details and specifications for hoof trimming units in annex 3. For the Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme, you will find details in annex b. Generally, there are similar criteria for both. If you need help or support in researching or buying hooftrimming crushes call us on 078 4587 6633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org