Accountants urge small dairy farmers to apply for one-off cash sum

Paul Laird, Director at Buckinghamshire-based accountancy firm The Fish Partnership, is urging small dairy farmers to apply for one-off cash sums from the Small Dairy Farmers Scheme, with the deadline for applications fast approaching.

Under the scheme, farms in England that produce less than a million litres of milk a year are able to receive a one-off payment from the EU.

A total of £8.5 million has been made available by DEFRA for the scheme from funds made available by the , although the actual amounts paid to individual farmers will depend on the number of applications received and payments will be capped at half a million litres of cow’s milk.

In order to apply for a payment from the scheme, farmers must submit proof of total cows’ milk deliveries covering the period from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. This could be either annual or monthly production statements.

Paul Laird, a specialist accountant in rural affairs, said: “I would encourage any dairy farmers who may meet the criteria to apply to the scheme as soon as possible.

“This potentially valuable one-off payment is an important boost and eligible farmers should not miss out.”

The deadline for applications to the scheme is 31 May 2017.

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