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It's Not Too Late! Unlocking Opportunities: A Guide to DEFRA's Calf Housing Grant

As the closing date of 30th November for DEFRA’s Calf Housing Grant Looms, Helen Proud gives us a reminder of what it’s all about and the benefits of applying.

Aimed at supporting farmers in improving and expanding their calf housing facilities, this grant opens doors to enhanced animal welfare and sustainable farming practices. In this blog post, we'll delve into the details of this exciting opportunity, shedding light on its significance and how farmers can benefit.

Understanding the Grant:

DEFRA has earmarked £10 million to facilitate the Calf Housing Grant, emphasizing the construction of new structures or the upgrading of existing ones to house calves. With grants ranging from £15,000 to £500,000, this initiative aims to empower farmers to create better living conditions for domestic cattle up to six months of age.

Eligibility Criteria:

To take advantage of this grant, farmers need to meet specific eligibility criteria set by DEFRA. These may include the type of improvements or constructions proposed, compliance with animal welfare standards, and adherence to environmental sustainability guidelines. Ensuring that your application aligns with these criteria is crucial for a successful grant proposal.

Application Process:

Farmers are encouraged to submit comprehensive proposals outlining the scope of work, estimated costs, and the expected impact on calf welfare. Paying close attention to detail and providing thorough documentation can significantly enhance the chances of a successful application.

Funding Allocation:

DEFRA understands that each farming operation is unique, and the Calf Housing Grant is designed to be flexible in its allocation. Grants can be tailored to meet the specific needs of individual projects, whether it's building new housing facilities from the ground up or implementing advanced technologies to improve existing structures.

Deadline and Timeframe:

For farmers eager to benefit from this opportunity, it's crucial to be aware of the application deadline. The deadline for the Calf Housing Grant application is set for November 30th. Time is of the essence, so prompt action is recommended to ensure your proposal is considered.

The Calf Housing Grant represents a significant stride towards supporting farmers in their pursuit of excellence in animal husbandry and sustainable farming. Whether you're a small-scale farmer or part of a larger agricultural enterprise, the Calf Housing Grant is a beacon of support, driving positive change in the industry.

Need to know more contact your local youngsRPS rural expert. Alternatively, to submit your application before November 30th click here.