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Grants of up to £10,000 up for grabs for UK dairy farmers

Arla’s UK farmer-owners have just less than one week left to apply for grants of up to £10,000 in the second round of McDonald’s capital grant scheme.

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The grant scheme is available to those producers who are not already on a retailer or foodservice aligned contract.

 

Initially launched in March this year as part of McDonald’s long-term programme of UK farming support, Farm Forward has already paid out more than £156,000 so far to 19 dairy farmers around the UK.

 

It favours applications focused on raising animal welfare standards, providing economic benefit to the farmer’s business, or making environmental improvements and the restaurant company has committed £500,000 over the course of the year to enable the scheme.


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Arla Foods supplies organic milk to McDonald’s and over three decades, the companies have collaborated on a number of agricultural initiatives.

 

Alice Willett, McDonald’s agriculture consultant, sustainable sourcing – UK and Ireland said: “We’re proud to source from farmers that care, and we’re passionate about supporting the future of the British dairy industry with this Capital Grant Scheme in partnership with Arla.

 

"This work forms part of our Farm Forward programme.”

 

Among the 19 farmers who have already benefitted are:

  • Lancashire dairy farmer Ian Pye, who was awarded £5,000 for a range of new equipment to help improve animal welfare across his herd.
  • Derbyshire farmer, David Dilks has replaced a one km section of worn cow track linking two sections of his land
  • Shropshire, organic dairy farmer Chris Jerman, has used his £10,000 grant to improve the welfare of his cattle with a new cow shed

Entries can be submitted online via the Arla farmers’ website by midnight October 31 ,2018.

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