The Rural Payments Agency have released details of a new Calf Housing Grant, with Stage 1, the online checker now available.

The grant is offering up to 40 % of all eligible costs to build, upgrade or replace calf housing buildings. The aim of the grant is to improve calf welfare by providing housing with a good ambient environment and which facilitates social contact through pair or group housing.

For the purposes of the grant ‘calf’ refers to domestic cattle up to the age of 6 months. The grant is competitive so the buildings must deliver higher standards of welfare than legally prescribed.

The minimum grant is £15,000 and the maximum is £500,000. In addition, you can get up to 25% of the eligible costs of installing rooftop solar panels.

In terms of the actual building, it can be an A frame, monopitch or a permanent open sided building with igloos or hutches. Other buildings may be eligible but they have to be permanent buildings with foundations that are built to last.

For more details or to discuss an application please contact or call the office on 01684 853400.