DEFRA will open a new round of farming grants offering poultry farmers funding opportunities for technology that improves production efficiency and welfare.

The fund offers grants for specific items of equipment to increase productivity, boost environmental sustainability and improve animal health and welfare.

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Pgoultry farmers can apply for a grant between £1,000 and £25,000 and funding goes towards the cost of specific items from a prescribed list.

They include split feeding technology, perching apparatus and 3D camera systems.  

The new round of funding will open later in February.

Defra’s Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2023 is split into two themes:

  •     Productivity and Slurry (open later in February)
  •     Animal Health and Welfare (available in March)

“Each item has a score assigned to it based on our assessment of how well it meets the objectives of the scheme,” Defra said.

“If the scheme is oversubscribed, we will allocate funding to those items with the highest score first.

“In the first round, those who applied for a grant received approximately 44% of the total cost. The fund proved very popular, and the first round was significantly oversubscribed.

“We encourage anyone who was unsuccessful in the first round to apply again.”

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