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Welcome to FarmWell Wales, a one stop resource to help you and your farm business stay strong and resilient

FarmWell Wales is an initiative launched by the Wales Farm Support Group in 2020.

The Wales Farm Support Group includes:

The DPJ Foundation

FCN Cymru

Addington Fund

Spring Update from Welsh Government

Key dates in 2024, grants and further information

Free Training in April from the DPJ Foundation

Updates available from GWLAD

Keep your farm or forestry business up to date with news, grants and policies.

You can sign up to receive Gwlad by email.

SAF Digital Assistance

The Regional Offices are open to the public strictly by appointment only. If you need additional support, particularly if you are completing the SAF for the first time the Customer Contact Centre can provide telephone support. The Customer Contact Centre can also make a ‘Digital Assistance’ appointment, if necessary, for you to attend a Regional Office where a member of staff can guide you through the process.

BPS 2024 Payments

This year, an Advance payment, worth 70% of the estimated BPS 2024 claim value, will be made from 14 October 2024, subject to claim eligibility and receipt of all necessary supporting documents. Balance payments will be made from 12 December 2024.

Transfer of BPS 2024 Entitlements

The 2024 transfer window of BPS entitlements is open, with Transfer of Entitlements forms available on the RPW Online account.

Organic Support

On 17 January 2024, the Minister announced support payments to fully-certified organic farmers in 2024. Full guidance will be published within the Single Application Form (SAF) 2024 rules booklet.

Enhanced Nutrient Management Document

Helping farmers and land managers meet the needs of the Enhanced Nutrient Management approach.

Annual Inventory for sheep and goat keepers

All keepers of sheep and goats are required to complete an inventory once a year.

Single Application Form (SAF) 2024

Single Application Form (SAF) 2024 will be available from 4 March 2024. The deadline for submitting your SAF is midnight 15 May 2024, or by 10 June 2024 with late penalties. A SAF cannot be submitted or accepted after 10 June 2024.

Do you have a temporary County Parish Holding (tCPH)?

tCPH’s are CPH’s that are used for temporary occupation of land that does not belong to you and used for less than 364 days per year. You must consider the length of your agreement when setting up your tCPH.  Your tCPH will only be valid for the duration that you record on your application.  

Woodland Schemes – application windows

In 2024, there is a new approach to the Woodland Creation Grant. There will only be one window open from 4 March 2024 until 22 November 2024, or until the budget has been allocated. The Small Grant – Woodland Creation scheme will continue to have several windows throughout the year:

  • three in 2024, and one planned in 2025 if budget is agreed for 2025/26 financial year

Changes to felling licences under the Forestry Act

Natural Resources Wales will be holding guidance sessions on the changes to felling licences under the Forestry Act which will come into effect from 1 April. No further information is available at the moment.

Vets and farmers working together on animal health pilot scheme

A pilot project has been launched to assess how closer working between farmers and vets can improve animal health and farm productivity. It will test the Animal Health Improvement Cycle (AHIC). This is a key proposed element of the Sustainable Farming Scheme.

Cross Compliance 2024 

The vast majority of Cross Compliance rules continue to apply as in 2023. However, some factsheets have been updated for 2024. They reflect changes in requirements, good practice and to clarify wording. There have also been some changes to the Cross Compliance 2024 Verifiable Standards for:

  • classifying breaches of Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAEC) and
  • Statutory Management Requirements (SMR)

These changes include SMR 1 – Water Protection, updated to reflect requirements applying to all land from 1 January 2024 under the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2021.

Parallel trade permits and treated seed

The Plant Protection Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2023, which applies across Great Britain, comes into force on the 31 December. It temporarily extends or temporarily reinstates transitional provisions put in place through EU Exit legislation in relation to pesticide seed treatments and parallel trade products.

Plant Health: contact form

Please complete the contact form if you would like to be added to the plant health mailing list. Send completed forms to plant.health@gov.wales. You will receive updates and information about future consultations, workshops and events.

Coetiroedd Bach: Tiny Forests in Wales

Are you a farmer interested in community tree planting to help mitigate the impacts of climate change? The Coetiroedd Bach scheme is supporting some farms with grants between £10k and £40k. They will create densely packed, small areas of fast-growing native woodland accessible to all. The scheme is being delivered in conjunction with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The next round will open in February 2024.

Could you be a future member of the Independent Appeals Panel?

A recruitment exercise for new Panel Members will begin early in 2024. Independent Panel Members are appointed by the Welsh Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd. They consider appeals relating to a wide range of Rural Grants and Payments. If you are interested in applying or would like to find out more, please e-mail IndependentAppealsSecretariat@gov.wales.

Introduction of Pre-Movement Testing into the Low TB Area (LTBA) and of Post-Movement Testing into the Intermediate TB Areas (ITBAs) of Wales

Following consultation on a refreshed approach to TB Eradication in Wales and the subsequent delivery plan, published in March 2023, changes are being made to the Tuberculosis (Wales) Order. They will allow for a number of measures to be introduced which were supported in the consultation. More information will be available on GOV.WALES in the new year.

Confidence to change management through grass measuring reduces input costs by £20,000 for Welsh Dairy farmer

Grass measuring and budgeting has given a Welsh dairy farmer the confidence to change his fertiliser policy, reducing input costs by £20,000 a year.

Livestock farmer trials peas and beans as soya alternative in ewe rations

Protein-rich peas and beans are replacing concentrates in the winter ration of sheep and cattle at a Radnorshire farm.

Farm Liaison Service

The Welsh Government Farm Liaison Service provides advice about policies and grants, including:

  • Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
  • Rural Payments Wales (RPW) Online
  • cross compliance
  • animal health and welfare
  • record-keeping
  • Glastir
  • Rural Development Programme
  • scheme rules

Innovative ideas to tackle ammonia emission in Wales

The Welsh Government is making £1 million available to support new projects which can help reduce ammonia emissions.

Winter Update 2023

The Winter Update has now been published online. It contains information, important dates and rule changes from a variety of key areas relating to rural affairs.

Bovine TB long term trends show progress, with targeted action in key areas

Bovine TB cases in Wales continue to decline overall, with a targeted approach taken in hot-spot areas and specific projects taking place in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey.

‘Working in Wales’ – land-based workers in the spotlight at Farming Connect conference

Facilitate and promote the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) now in order to modernise and professionalise our land-based industries and prepare them for the economic and environmental demands of the future!’

Home-mix ration offers cheaper alternative to concentrates at Welsh livestock farm

A home mix ration formulated with high quality ingredients and incorporating homegrown forage has provided a cheaper alternative to bought-in concentrates for pregnant ewes and beef cattle on a Powys upland farm.

Rural Schemes: new application dates added

Caring for farm animals and horses in extreme winter weather

Extreme winter weather can pose a major threat to livestock. If you keep livestock you should inspect them often. It is important they have access to shelter, feed and water.

New Rural Wales Facebook page launched by Welsh Government


Alzheimer’s Society

For over 40 years, Alzheimer’s Society has been working to speed up accurate diagnosis of the disease, provide support for those managing it, and to fund research and new treatments to create hope for the future.

Dementia is not just about losing your memory.

It can also affect perceptions, logic, reasoning and visual perception.  Farms are inherently dangerous places, with large animals, slurry pits, machinery and firearms all possible reasons for concern to a farming family when a loved one begins to develop dementia.

You can also email: enquiries@alzheimers.org.uk

New Resources form Samaritans Cymru

Toolkits for those looking for guidance on how to understand and talk compassionately with those suffering poor mental health and emotional distress are available from Samaritans Cymru. Please click here for more details about these, and other support resources available in Wales.

Diversification – Advice on setting up a campsite or caravan park on your farm

Pitchup can advise on everything you need to know, from information on planning permission, to taking payments, to waste disposal, to how such a venture might affect your BPS entitlements.

Other News

Working at height: What you need to consider from NFU Cymru

Image captured by Ruth Rees Photography

THE GREAT GRAZING GUIDE from The Prince’s Countryside Fund

BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME announced for 23/24

NFU Cymru: The Welsh Farm Safety Partnership are using the next quarter to highlight the risks associated with using machinery on farm. Find out more here.

Farming Connect has established a new mentoring scheme for farmers and foresters who will be able to receive guidance and advice from their peers on a wide range of topics.

Eligible mentees can access 15 hours of fully funded mentoring services with their chosen farming or forestry mentor. Find out more.

Visit Farming Connect to find out what’s going on over the next couple of months in their regularly updated calendar

More Updates

  • Welsh farmers will need to manage habitats across 10% of farm. Click here.
  • Non-intensive ‘Welsh Way’ of farming could offer solutions to climate and food security challenges. Click here.
  • RWAS Smallholding and Countryside Festival updates. Click here.
  • Apply for funding for a Farming Connect Training course. Click here.
  • FREE Mental Health Awareness training from the DPJ Foundation. Click here.

Keeping your business resilient through change

Links to the most useful and user-friendly information sources across all farm business areas, where you can find the facts to help plan successfully and efficiently.

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Staying fit and healthy

Supportive links, advice and help, aimed at achieving stronger emotional and physical intelligence, whilst maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

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I need to talk to someone

Guidance on how you can access additional support and mentoring, both from a business and personal perspective, should the need arise.

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