Farmers cannot afford to waste money. With the cost of fertiliser continually rising, now is the time to maximise the use of slurry and manure and reduce the need for bought-in compound - without compromising grass growth.
Under the RDPE Northwest Livestock Programme, farmers can take advantage of a grant-aided Nutrient and Manure Management Plan that could help reduce fertiliser bills by 20 to 30%.
Plus, if the recommendations of your audit include capital investment, you may be eligible to apply for a Performance Grant. A Nutrient and Manure Management Plan (by Promar International) would typically cover:
The cost of the plan is partly funded by the RDPE Northwest Livestock Programme. Participating farmers will pay £150 (plus VAT) towards the overall cost.
Steps 1 to 5 typically take up to six weeks to complete. For Step 5, see Grants for further info.
Call Promar International on 01270 616 800 and register over the phone with a member of the admin team or email firstname.lastname@example.org – providing your name, address, telephone number, holding number and farm details.
You will be asked if you wish to pay the £150 contribution via a card payment, or alternatively whether you would prefer to wait for an invoice in the post.
Once registered and the information provided has been entered onto Promar’s database, you will be allocated a consultant / advisor who will telephone to arrange a suitable time to visit.
On the day of the visit the consultant will take 20 soil samples and discuss your nutrient management requirements, storage and application solutions.
From this visit, the advisor will produce a written report, which will include the soil sample results and recommendations to be made on farm. This report will be issued to you by post (up to) four weeks after the visit.
Some of the recommendations from the report may be eligible for assistance from a Farming and Forestry Preformance Scheme Grant. If such an investment is recommended it will be detailed in the plan and should be used as evidence in your grant application.
See the Grants page for more on how to apply.
It must be noted: If a farmer registers for a plan in a grant deadline month (i.e. March, June, September or December), Promar cannot guarantee that they will have a report ready by the end of that same month to meet the grant application deadline.
Promar is now offering Repeat Visits for farms that completed a nutrient management plan over 12 months ago and wish to apply for the new FFIS grant - See HERE for further details