Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley has welcomed the announcement that £163,597 has been awarded to farmers in the Moorlands who applied for the first round of Animal Health and Welfare Equipment and Technology grants, part of the Farming Investment Fund. This was part of a total £19 million awarded to over 3,300 pig, poultry, sheep and cattle farmers who successfully applied to the fund.
These grants, for sums between £1,000 and £25,000, will help farmers to invest in items ranging from livestock handling equipment to reduce lameness in sheep and cattle, to automated monitoring systems which free-up farmers’ time and limit environmental stress in poultry housing.
They form part of the Government’s Animal Health and Welfare Pathway, which supports farmers to transition to higher welfare practices and systems, whilst improving animal health, boosting productivity and encouraging sustainable food production.
“I was pleased to hear that some of our local farmers in the Moorlands have received grants and welcome this funding that has been directed towards supporting our farmers to produce Great British food in the Staffordshire Moorlands.”