DEFRA has made available grant funding for a range of poultry farm equipment that could help the health and welfare of flocks.

The range of kit available under the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) 2024 for poultry includes misting systems, LED light installations and monitoring technology.

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Part of Defra’s Animal Health and Welfare Pathway, farmers can apply for a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £25,000, with a percentage of the cost paid depending on the item.

For many items, this percentage is an increase on last year, Defra said.

The funding is competitive and one way to improve chances of success are to consult with a vet on the potential new equipment.

Once all applications have been submitted, the Rural Payments Agency will assess and allocate funding. Receiving a grant is not guaranteed and the deadline for applications is 1 May.

The full list follows, and for more information on applying visit Defra’s website.

Poultry

Grants are only available if you farm chickens. Other types of poultry, including ducks, turkeys, geese and gamebirds are not eligible.

FETF258A – Automatic curtain system for poultry housing

Expected average cost of item (£): 81

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 40

 Score: 20

Item must:

· be an automatic curtain system for controlling ventilation or lighting levels in poultry housing

· be made from rollable material or sliding plastic panels – material or panels must be weatherproof

· be a top-opening system 

· have a control unit that can be integrated with a new or existing climate or housing management system

Curtain systems that are bottom opening are not eligible.

Cost per square metre.

FETF259A – Automatic monitoring system (main unit) for poultry housing

Expected average cost of item (£): 2,301

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 1,151

 Score: 2,940

Item must:

· be the main unit of an automatic monitoring system for poultry housing

· be a central computerised unit able to integrate house management data in real-time 

· be able to automatically control linked parameter management systems such as ventilation or heating 

· be able to collect climate and production data as well as process the data for improved livestock management – units that can only collect and store data from sensors are not eligible 

· be able to at a minimum integrate inputs from sensors monitoring ammonia, temperature, humidity, water disappearance and feed bin weight  

· be able to trigger an alarm system to alert the user to potential issues 

· include software (integrated or online platform) required for functionality as part of the purchase – if subscription based, this must be a minimum 5-year subscription paid in advance

Units that can also integrate data from additional inputs such as CO2 sensors, lighting sensors, dust sensors, acoustic sensors, automatic behaviour recognition or automatic weigh scales are also eligible.

Annual or monthly subscription costs are not eligible.

Ongoing subscription payments for software are not eligible.

Sensors are not eligible.

FETF260A – Automatic weigh scale for poultry

Expected average cost of item (£): 1,362

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 681

 Score: 1,040

Item must:

· be an automatic weigh scale for poultry

· be a hanging weigh scale or a platform scale or a perch scale   

· be compatible with poultry management systems and software

Mobile or manual poultry scales are not eligible.

FETF261A – Feed bin weighing system for poultry

Expected average cost of item (£): 593

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 297

 Score: 520

Item must:

· be a weight-based feed management system for monitoring the amount of feed stored in a silo 

· fit one feed bin or silo

· be compatible with remote monitoring by integration into a management system or an online app

Silos and bins are not eligible.

FETF262A – Poultry perches

Expected average cost of item (£): 50

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 25

 Score: 20

Item must:

· be a perch with a flattened bevelled top or mushroom-shaped profile 

· be freestanding, hanging or fixed to an aviary system 

· be plastic or metal

Ferrous metal must be galvanised or powder coated.

Items with wooden elements are not eligible.

Painted items are not eligible.

Item must be purchased through a supplier or manufacturer – home built items are not eligible.

Cost per 3m length.

FETF263A – Broiler perch

Expected average cost of item (£): 31

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 15

 Score: 20

Item must:

· be a low-level perch for use in broiler housing

· be a maximum of 150mm off the ground  

· have a flattened bevelled top or mushroom-shaped profile

· be plastic or metal 

· be moveable, dismantlable or easily raised to aid cleaning and disinfection

Ferrous metal must be galvanised or powder coated.

Items with wooden elements are not eligible.

Painted items are not eligible.

Item must be purchased through a supplier or manufacturer – home built items are not eligible.

Cost per 3m length.

FETF264A – Enrichment feeder for poultry

Expected average cost of item (£): 290

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 145

 Score: 280

Item must:

· be a swinging plate feeder

· have a coarse coating on the plate for beak blunting

· be plastic or metal

· have a stand or be suspended from the ceiling

Items with wooden elements are not eligible.

Painted items are not eligible.

Item must be purchased through a supplier or manufacturer – home built items are not eligible.

FETF265A – Freestanding platform with ramps

Expected average cost of item (£): 270

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 135

 Score: 640

Item must:

· be a freestanding platform to provide enrichment for poultry

· be plastic or metal

· have a minimum of 2 ramps attached to the platform for access

· have slat holes or mesh for grip 

· be movable, winchable or collapsible for cleaning

Items with wooden elements are not eligible.

Item must be purchased through a supplier or manufacturer – home built items are not eligible.

FETF266A – Nipple drinker system

Expected average cost of item (£): 25

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 12

 Score: 10

Item must:

· be a water delivery system designed for poultry

· have drinker lines, nipples and drip cups, and a suspension system with automatic or manual winch

· have an automatic cut off valve

· automatically refill from mains water or have a transparent header tank

· keep water enclosed in the delivery container or drinker line 

· be height adjustable for bird growth 

· have nipple drinkers with vertical and side actions

· have drip cups at drinking points

Only new systems are eligible. You cannot upgrade existing systems by adding nipple drinkers to drinker lines.

Cost per metre length.

FETF267A – Housing platforms and ramps

Expected average cost of item (£): 108

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 54

 Score: 160

Item must:

· be a platform or ramp to aid movement into and around aviary housing

· have slat holes or mesh for grip

· include all fixtures for attaching to the housing system

· be made of metal

· be installed either within or adjacent to the housing system

Item must be purchased through a supplier or manufacturer – home built items are not eligible.

Cost per square metre.

FETF268A – Spin feeder

Expected average cost of item (£): 4,477

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 2,238

 Score: 1,550

Item must:

· be a spin feeder designed for poultry

· be on a stand with legs or suspended from housing roof – includes fixed or monorail suspended spin feeders 

· have a minimum feed hopper capacity of 200kg

· be plastic or metal

Spin feeder should only be used with pellets of a suitable hardness and size to ensure bird nutrition or to provide enrichment.

Mini spin feeders, gamebird spin feeders and outdoor spin feeders are not eligible under this item.

FETF269A – Poultry feed system for split feeding

Expected average cost of item (£): 11,826

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 5,913

 Score: 2,790

Item must:

· be an additional feed system to provide different morning and evening feeds in a poultry house

· include an additional silo with a minimum capacity of 18 tonnes  

· have a flexible augur – minimum 15m in length 

· include connections from silo to poultry shed 

· connect to an existing feed system using a timed switching mechanism and weighing vessel

Feed delivery and track systems inside the house are not eligible.

FETF270A – 3D weighing camera system for poultry

Expected average cost of item (£): 2,562

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 1,281

 Score: 1,630

Item must:

· be a 3D weighing camera system for poultry

· calculate poultry weights automatically and provide average bird weight data

· have a built-in or associated control unit and networking capability

You must provide this item’s serial number when you submit your claim for payment.

FETF271A – Ultrasonic water meter

Expected average cost of item (£): 943

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 472

 Score: 2,330

Item must:

· be a fixed ultrasonic flow meter

· include clamp-on sensors and main unit

· accurately measure water consumption 

· transmit flow data and integrate with a water management and alarm system

Portable and in-pipe devices are not eligible.

You must provide this item’s serial number when you submit your claim for payment.

FETF100POU – Camera for monitoring livestock

Expected average cost of item (£): 304

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 152

 Score: 250

Item must:

· be a camera for monitoring livestock that can connect to the internet 

· have a minimum protection rating of IP66  

· be able to pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) 

· have day and night vision with a minimum infrared range of 50m

· have a minimum zoom of 16X and be able to generate images with a minimum of 1080 pixels 

· be compatible with an online viewing app

You must provide this item’s serial number when you submit your claim for payment.

FETF107POU – Electric fencing package

Expected average cost of item (£): 2,261

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 1,130

 Score: 1,090

Item must:

· be a package of electric fencing equipment

· have a battery powered energiser with a minimum output of 2 joules

· have a solar panel with a minimum output of 10 watts

· have a minimum of 100 temporary fencing stakes or posts

· have a minimum of 8 reel holding posts or anchor end posts or end assemblies 

· have a minimum of 6 spools or reels for wire 

· have a pedestrian geared winder with stake storage or an ATV winder or a barrow-based winder

Fencing stakes or posts must be guaranteed for a minimum of 2 years.

FETF108POU – Thermal image camera

Expected average cost of item (£): 710

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 355

 Score: 1,400

Item must:

· be a colour thermal camera or tablet

· be handheld and have a viewing screen 

· have an infrared detector generating images of at least 18,000 pixels 

· have a temperature scale on screen with built-in still and video recording facilities

· upload or download images for storage and analysis

FETF272POU – Solar powered electric fence energiser

Expected average cost of item (£): 276

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 138

 Score: 170

Item must:

· be a solar powered electric fencing energiser

· have integrated solar panel and battery 

· have a minimum output of 0.15 joules 

· be bought as a whole working unit not parts

FETF273POU – Protective matting for range or pasture

Expected average cost of item (£): 11

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 5

 Score: 20

Item must:

· be protective matting for range or pasture

· be rubber or plastic

· be perforated for drainage

· have a minimum thickness of 15mm

Turf reinforcement meshes or netting are not eligible.

Cost per square metre.

FETF274POU – Blinds for livestock housing

Expected average cost of item (£): 61

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 30

 Score: 30

Item must:

· be a roller blind designed for weather protection or to control ventilation and light levels in livestock housing

· be either full (door) height or half height (above low walls, gates or feed barriers) 

· be made of PVC-coated polyester mesh 

· be no more than 25 percent porous

· roll from the top down

Mesh that is fixed to the building structure and does not roll up and down is not eligible.

Cost per square metre.

FETF275POU – Chimney ventilation unit

Expected average cost of item (£): 1,268

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 634

 Score: 310

Item must:

· be a roof-mounted chimney exhaust unit for ventilation in livestock buildings

· have a ventilation chimney and a chimney mounted extraction fan – chimney and fan can be bought as separate units or a single integrated unit

· have a control unit

· be able to integrate with a new or existing climate or housing management system

Building length ridge vents are not eligible.

FETF277POU – Temperature and humidity sensor

Expected average cost of item (£): 164

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 82

 Score: 520

Item must:

· be a temperature and humidity sensor designed for livestock housing

· have a minimum protection rating of IP65 

· be able to integrate with a new or existing climate or housing management system

· be either 2 individual sensors or a combined sensor

· be internally fixed in a livestock building

Handheld sensor devices are not eligible for this item.

FETF279POU – Vaccine refrigerator with external monitor

Expected average cost of item (£): 559

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 280

 Score: 1,690

Item must:

· be a medical grade fridge for the storage of vaccines and other types of medicines

· have a glass or solid door  

· have a minimum capacity of 50L

· have an external digital control and temperature display

· have a temperature range from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius 

· be lockable

· have an audible and visual temperature alarm

· be made from material suitable for cleaning and disinfection

You must provide this item’s serial number when you submit your claim for payment.

FETF281POU – Water heater

Expected average cost of item (£): 105

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 53

 Score: 1,440

Item must:

· be an under sink, instant hot water heater to provide hand washing facilities

· have a minimum protection rating of IPX4

FETF282POU – Vermin proof feed storage (portable)

Expected average cost of item (£): 402

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 201

 Score: 740

Item must:

· be a portable heavy-duty feed bin or store suitable for outdoor use 

· have a lockable lid and be designed to prevent vermin and wildlife access 

· be waterproof, damp-proof and UV resistant  

· have a minimum capacity of 0.5 tonne and a maximum capacity of 1 tonne

· be movable using a tractor or forklift

Ferrous metal must be galvanised or powder coated.

Permanently sited or bolted large-scale feed silos are not eligible.

Items with wooden elements are not eligible.

Painted items are not eligible.

FETF283POU – Ammonia sensor

Expected average cost of item (£): 917

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 458

 Score: 730

Item must:

· be an ammonia gas sensor able to detect NH3 gas

· have a measuring range of at least 0 to 100ppm NH3 

· have a minimum protection rating of IP65 

· be able to integrate with a new or existing climate or housing management system 

· be internally fixed in a livestock building

Handheld sensor devices are not eligible.

Cost per sensor.

FETF284POU – Carbon dioxide sensor

Expected average cost of item (£): 421

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 210

 Score: 670

Item must:

· be a fixed gas sensor able to detect CO2 gas

· have a measuring range of at least 0 to 5000ppm CO2 

· have a minimum protection rating of IP65 

· be able to integrate with a new or existing climate or housing management system 

· be internally fixed in a livestock building

Handheld sensor devices are not eligible.

FETF285POU – Dust sensor

Expected average cost of item (£): 89

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 45

 Score: 1,710

Item must:

· be a particle matter measurement sensor for monitoring air quality and dust in livestock housing

· be able to count PM2.5 (particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter) and PM10 (particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter)  

· be able to integrate with a new or existing climate or housing management system 

· be internally fixed in a livestock building

Handheld sensors devices are not eligible.

FETF286POU – Water dosing pump

Expected average cost of item (£): 254

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 127

 Score: 1,200

Item must:

· be a proportional dosing pump which measures water flow

· dose an additive such as medication into the drinking water flow at a set proportion

FETF287POU – Mobile livestock shade

Expected average cost of item (£): 14,899

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 7,450

 Score: 1,760

Item must:

· be a portable livestock shade on skids or wheels

· provide protection from heat and UV light 

· have a collapsible shade canopy that covers a minimum of 40 square metres

· be designed for use with livestock

Ferrous metal must be galvanised or powder coated.

FETF288POU – Tunnel ventilation fan

Expected average cost of item (£): 508

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 254

 Score: 1,430

Item must:

· be a wall mounted fan designed for generating tunnel ventilation in livestock buildings

· draw a continuous stream of air into a building using a tunnel inlet to generate a cooling effect

· have a minimum diameter of 600mm  

· generate a minimum airflow of 4.5 cubic metres per second

· include a control unit 

· be able to integrate the control unit into a new or existing climate or housing management system

FETF316POU – LED light for poultry housing

Expected average cost of item (£): 52

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 26

 Score: 110

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be an LED light designed for use in poultry housing

· be flicker free

· be dimmable

· have a minimum rating of IP66

· be able to emit warm white light 

· be able to emit red or blue light – multi spectral items are also eligible

FETF323POU – Steel wire mesh for poultry run

Expected average cost of item (£): 6

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 3

 Score: 10

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be a wildlife-proof mesh for providing outside access to poultry during disease outbreaks

· be made from welded or woven wire

· be galvanised or stainless steel

· have a maximum aperture size of 6mm by 6mm to prevent access by rodents

· have an aperture that is square or rectangular

· have wire with a gauge size of 23g or thicker

Chicken wire is not eligible.

Cost per square metre.

FETF324POU – Nipple drinker water tank

Expected average cost of item (£): 250

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 125

 Score: 1,560

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be a bio-secure tank designed for water provision in free range systems

· be fully enclosed to prevent contamination by wild birds or rodents

· be easily moveable to prevent poaching 

· include integrated nipple drinkers

· be elevated off the floor by built-in legs or a metal stand

· be made from UV-stable, dark, heavy-duty plastic

· be able to connect the tank to mains water supply

· have a minimum capacity of 250L

FETF325POU – Loading bay tunnel for poultry units

Expected average cost of item (£): 12,250

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 6,125

 Score: 2,740

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be a free-standing loading bay tunnel to protect livestock from weather and improve biosecurity during movement

· be fully retractable with wheels

· have a metal frame of galvanised steel or aluminium

· have a continual waterproof cover such as PVC on the top and sides

· have a minimum width of 5m

· have a minimum length of 10m

· have a minimum height of 3.5m

FETF307POU – Shade material

Expected average cost of item (£): 7

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 4

 Score: 20

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be material designed to provide shade for livestock at pasture

· provide a minimum of 70% shade

· be made from UV stabilised fabric such as polyethylene

Cost per square metre.

FETF308POU – Field shelter

Expected average cost of item (£): 2,396

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 1,198

 Score: 110

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be a portable field shelter to provide shade at pasture

· have a galvanised steel frame and roof

· have a skillion roof and open sides to encourage heat loss

· cover a minimum area of 20 square metres

Items that are permanently fixed to the ground are not eligible.

FETF309POU – Sheeted gate (small)

Expected average cost of item (£): 306

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 153

 Score: 280

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be a sheeted gate for livestock buildings to prevent access by wildlife

· have a gate frame made of galvanised steel

· be fully clad on one side with either galvanised metal sheeting or plastic boarding

· have a minimum height of 1200mm

· have a minimum length of 1200mm

FETF310POU – Sheeted gate (medium)

Expected average cost of item (£): 387

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 193

 Score: 280

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be a sheeted gate for livestock buildings to prevent access by wildlife

· have a gate frame made of galvanised steel

· be fully clad on one side with either galvanised metal sheeting or plastic boarding

· have a minimum height of 1200mm

· have a minimum length of 2400mm

FETF311POU – Sheeted gate (large)

Expected average cost of item (£): 599

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 300

 Score: 280

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be a sheeted gate for livestock buildings to prevent access by wildlife

· have a gate frame made of galvanised steel

· be fully clad on one side with either galvanised metal sheeting or plastic boarding

· have a minimum height of 1200mm

· have a minimum length of 4200mm

FETF312POU – Boot disinfection system

Expected average cost of item (£): 232

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 116

 Score: 1,110

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be a two-phase wash system for disinfecting boots

· include a boot scrubber and a disinfectant footbath

Boot scrubber must:

· have a metal or plastic frame or body for easy disinfection

· have a minimum of three brushes to clean the sole and sides of boots

· have a water inlet for attachment to mains water

· include a scraper grate to remove coarse dirt before washing

Boot scrubber should have a non-slip base and handles for user safety.

Disinfectant footbath must:

· be specifically designed for the purpose of improving biosecurity

· be plastic and have a lid

· have a built-in calibration system to ensure the correct concentration of disinfectant

Disinfectant footbath should have a non-slip base for user safety.

Ferrous metal must be galvanised or powder coated.

FETF332POU – Visual or acoustic monitoring system

Expected average cost of item (£): 8,240

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 4,120

 Score: 3,180

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be an automatic visual or acoustic monitoring system for poultry

· include a camera or visual sensor system, or an acoustic sensor system, for capturing visual or acoustic data related to animal health and welfare such as activity, behaviour patterns, body temperature, respiratory disease, vocalisations, feather pecking or tail biting

· be able to process captured data for improved health and welfare – systems that can only collect and store data are not eligible

· be able to trigger an alarm or notification system to alert the user to potential issues

· include software (integrated or online platform) required for functionality as part of the purchase – if subscription based, this must be a minimum 5-year subscription paid in advance

· be internally fixed in a poultry house

Annual or monthly subscription costs are not eligible.

Ongoing subscription payments for software are not eligible.

Systems intended for carcass monitoring following slaughter are not eligible.

Systems that can only monitor animal weight are not eligible. See item FETF270A – 3D weighing camera system for poultry.

Devices that are only able to monitor oestrous behaviour or heat detection are not eligible.

Sensor systems for detecting ambient environment are not eligible.

Cost is per livestock building.

You must provide this item’s serial number when you submit your claim for payment.

FETF326POU – Ultrahigh-pressure evaporative cooling mist line system

Expected average cost of item (£): 9,937

 Grant amount (based on a quantity of 1) (£): 4,968

 Score: 1,530

This item is new for 2024. Item must:

· be an ultrahigh-pressure mist line system for evaporative cooling in poultry housing

· include pump unit, automated control unit, thermostat, humidity monitor, filter unit, metal nozzles and pipework

· produce mist using ultrahigh pressure-nozzles – minimum 70 bar/1000psi

· have pipework made of stainless steel

Shower and sprinkler systems that are only capable of operating at low or mains pressure are not eligible.

Fan-based misting systems are not eligible.

Cost per livestock building.