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
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.
The introduction of measures from 1 February, including Pre-Movement Testing, will be vital in helping to tackle bovine TB in Wales, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
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.
Helping farmers and land managers meet the needs of the Enhanced Nutrient Management approach.
All keepers of sheep and goats are required to complete an inventory once a year.
Single Application Form (SAF) 2024
The online SAF will become available on Rural Payments Wales (RPW) Online on 4 March 2024.
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.
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.
Careers education, skills, training and development for agricultural, horticultural and forestry workers: call for evidence
The Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales sub-committee invites evidence and expertise from a wide range of stakeholders. This will inform the creation of a strategic vision for the agricultural, horticulture and forestry sectors.
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.
Sustainable Farming Scheme – consultation open until 7 March 2024
There will be a series of engagement events around Wales regarding the new scheme in January and February. These events will run from 14:00 to 20:00. They will comprise a mix of formal presentations and information stands where you can discuss the consultation and how the proposed scheme actions may be carried out on your farm. The presentation and question and answer sessions will be running in a separate room, which are planned to be repeated at approximately 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00. See link below for further information and how to register to attend the events.
The details of the events are listed below:
- 17 January 2024: Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon LL55 1AY
- 18 January 2024: Pavilion, Llangollen, LL20 8SW
- 22 January 2024: Llandovery Rugby Club, SA20 0BA
- 24 January 2024: Livestock Market, Welshpool, SY21 8SR
- 30 January 2024: The Cliff Hotel, Gwbert, Cardigan, SA43 1PP
- 31 January 2024: The Plas, Narberth, SA67 7AB
- 5 February 2024: Llanarth Village Hall, Raglan, NP15 2AU
- 6 February 2024: Best Western Heronston Hotel, Bridgend, CF35 5AW
- 9 February 2024: International Pavilion, Builth Wells, LD2 3SY
- 14 February 2024: Y Plas, Machynlleth, SY20 8ER
You may register for any of these events here
Written Statement: Publication of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) financial budget ceiling for 2024 and BPS 2023 balance payments
Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd written statement on the BPS financial budget for 2024 and BPS 2023 balance payments.
This year, in order to maximise EU spend by 31 December, payments of the Glastir Advanced, Commons and Organic claims have been arranged. This is subject to claim eligibility and receipt of all necessary supporting documents.
Subject to completion of the full validation, BPS 2023 balance payments, or full payments for those who have not received an advance payment, have commenced since 15 December 2023
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.
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.
Please complete the contact form if you would like to be added to the plant health mailing list. Send completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive updates and information about future consultations, workshops and events.
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.
Protein-rich peas and beans are replacing concentrates in the winter ration of sheep and cattle at a Radnorshire farm.
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
- Rural Development Programme
- scheme rules
The Welsh Government is making £1 million available to support new projects which can help reduce ammonia emissions.
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 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.
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!’
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
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
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.
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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.
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
- 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.