Investments and grants

The UK is planning to open an investment fund for dairy farmers, providing up to £10,000 for dairy farmers. From 18 June, farmers in England who have experienced 25% price losses in April and May will be able to apply directly to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for a single payment from the fund, which is set to be distributed from 6 July. It is based on production levels. Please contact the RPA for further details.

Another source of funds is from at Trouw Nutrition, which has launched its new HealthyLife grant, available to progressive dairy farmers, nutritionists and veterinarians who are serious about the sustainability and well-being of their herd. Those with proven on-farm innovations may receive up to €10,000, along with a support package from the research and development team.

As Trouw Nutrion global dairy manager, Alfredo Sanz Moreno, explains, “Dairy can be part of the solution to feed the world not only from a nutritional perspective, but also playing a key role in delivering on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by providing livelihoods to millions of people and generating gender equality and education.”

It’s good to see there is money in some pots to distribute to farmers to not only survive, but to thrive in the post-Covid-19 world. Graham’s The Family Dairy in Scotland is already ahead of the curve, proposing a low carbon eat project for its cheese production facility at the Glenfield Industrial estate in Cowdenbeath. The proposed plant is set to generate and distribute bioenergy for onsite heat and power. A first for Scotland’s dairy industry, it will position Fife at the forefront of innovative decarbonisation solutions for the food and drink sector, the company says.

So, shoots and sprouts of good things as the dairy industry continues to feed the world.

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