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18 April 2024

You can now apply for an Animal Health and Welfare grant through the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) 2024. 

Part of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway, which offers a range of support to farmers, this particular FETF grant goes towards the cost of items on a list that help to improve animal health and welfare. We developed this list with farmers, vets and other experts. 

There are over 130 items on the list and 29 are new additions. You’ll see a range of items: from mobile cattle handling systems to enclosed piglet creeps to poultry perches. So, if you’re a cattle, sheep, pig or poultry farmer, it’s worth looking at the items. If you’re a contractor to these sectors, you can apply too.  

You can apply for a minimum of £1,000 and a maximum of £25,000. We’ll pay a percentage of the cost depending on the item. The percentages are in the guidance.

For many items, this percentage is an increase on last year. This funding will go towards either:

  • the average cost of the item – if an item costs you the same or more than the expected average cost in the item list 
  • the actual cost you pay for the item – if an item costs you less than the expected average cost in the item list. 

 The deadline to apply is midday 1 May 2024. 

Improving your application score 

The fund is competitive. If you decide to apply, you can increase your application score by providing evidence that you’ve discussed your application with a vet.   

You can get vet advice by telephone, email, or as part of a vet visit. You may be eligible to apply for a fully-funded vet visit as part of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) annual health and welfare review.    

You must receive advice on your application after 1 January 2024 and before 1 January 2025 for it to be eligible for the increase.    

You’ll need to provide your vet’s details, the date of the discussion and permission for us to contact your vet when you apply.

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