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Animal health and welfare and slurry grants available under Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2024

10th Apr 2024 / By Alistair Driver

Grants towards a wide range of useful pig equipment are available under the first round of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) 2024.

The scheme provides grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 towards the cost of a long list of equipment or technology to help improve animal health and welfare. There is now three weeks left to apply for these grants. 

In addition, grants of between £1,000 and 50,000 are available to help boost productivity and manage slurry - there are now just seven days left to apply for these grants

There are over 130 specified items on the FETF 24 list, including 29 new additions.

Health and welfare

Some of the items listed for pig animal health and welfare grants include:

  • Fixed handling system
  • Electronic pig weighing and sorting facility/other weighing equipment
  • Enclosed piglet creep with heat pad
  • Slatted floor inserts and rubber covers for slatted floors
  • Automatic curtain system for pig housing
  • Hanging enrichment toys
  • Individual ad lib farrowing feeder
  • Electronic sow feeder
  • Robot pen cleaner
  • EID equipment
  • Feed bin weighing system
  • Cameras and pig monitoring systems
  • Ammonia, dust, CO2, temperature and humidity sensors
  • Insulated farrowing ark
  • Automatic vaccination gun
  • Evaporative cooling mist line system
  • LED lighting
  • Loading bay tunnel and portable loading ramp

The application window for health and welfare grants opened in March and closes on May 1.

Slurry and productivity

There are fewer pig-specific items under the productivity grants. Items available under the slurry grant scheme include:

  • Robotic slurry pusher/collector
  • Mobile and fixed slurry separator
  • Slurry testing and application equipment.

The application window for productivity and slurry items closes on April 17.

To can view the FETF guidance, the full list of items and apply HERE

The Rural Payments Agency will pay around 50% or 60% of the expected average cost of the listed items, or of the actual cost if it costs less than the expected average listed.

Applications will be competitive. You can increase your application score by providing evidence that you’ve discussed it with a vet, including through Animal Health and Welfare Reviews.

Defra is planning two more FETF application windows this year. “The item specifications and their costs will be the same in each application window. The budget for each grant is split evenly across the application windows,” Laurren March said in Defra’s latest farming blog on FETF 24.

“If your application falls below the scoring threshold and is unsuccessful, the RPA will reject it. You will be able to apply again. If you’ve accepted a grant funding agreement (GFA) to buy items from a grant, you cannot apply again for the same grant in 2024.”