Welsh Government 's Farm Liaison Service highlights the key reminders and some important dates to look out for:
Here are some key dates for you to be aware of between now and the end of March:
|28 January:||Glastir Advanced Capital works and Glastir Woodland Management Capital works - closing date for submission of 2018 claims|
|1 February:||Deadline for submission of Sheep and Goat Annual Inventory|
|7 February:||Wales Farming Conference|
|March:||SAF 2019 available, Glastir Commons 2019 available, Digital assistance available|
|1 March:||Closing date for FC Skills application window (5pm)|
|19 March:||Farm Business Grant (FBG) window 5 – closing date for submission of claims|
|31 March:||Glastir Small Grants (Carbon): All works to be completed and closing date for submission of claims|
|31 March:||Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC) and Glastir Woodland Restoration (GWR): All capital works to be completed|
Access your RPW online account on a regular basis
Do you realise how important this is?
With the majority of communication from Rural Payment Wales now on line it is vital that all businesses registered with RPW online access their accounts on a regular basis.
Notification of application windows, progress with applications and claims, reminders and messages are all conveyed on line. To keep up with all the changes that are afoot it is vital that you check your accounts on a regular basis.
If you need assistance please contact the RPW Customer Contact Centre on 03000625004 or the Farm Liaison Service team
Sheep and Goat Annual Inventory
Sheep and goat keepers are reminded to complete and return the Annual Inventory form by 1 February 2019. You also have the option of completing the Annual Inventory online by logging onto www.eidcymru.org. If you are completing the form electronically, you do not need to return the paper form.
If you require any assistance please contact the EID Cymru service helpline on 01970 636959 or email Y29udGFjdEBlaWRjeW1ydS5vcmc=
Sheep and Goat Keepers Guidance 2018
You should have received this with your Sheep and Goat Annual inventory form. Please make sure that you familiarise yourself with the current regulations and that you comply.
Sustainable Production Grant
The second expression of interest window for the Sustainable Production Grant (SPG) will open on 4 March and close on 12 April 2019. Eligibility for the Welsh Government’s SPG, which can provide a grant of between £12,000 and £50,000, requires a partner in the business to attend a Sustainable Farming event organised by Farming Connect (FC). The individual attending must be registered as a business partner with FC and Rural Payments Wales.
Join us at one of these events to find out about the substantial level of services and support available for you:
|30 January:||Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Machynlleth, SY20 8RD|
|4 February:||Nantyffin Hotel, Llandisilio, SA66 7SU|
|11 February:||Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, LD3 7EW|
|12 February:||University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter Campus, SA48 7ED|
|26 February:||Glen yr Afon Hotel, Usk, NP15 1SY|
|28 February:||The Old Food Hall, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, LD2 3SY|
Booking in advance is mandatory for these events. Doors open for signing in at 7pm. Events will close at 9.30pm. Call 08456 000 813 to book.
Farm Business Grant
The sixth expression of interest window for the Farm Business Grant (FBG) will open on 4 March and close on 12 April 2019. Eligibility for the Welsh Government’s FBG requires a partner in the business to attend a Farming for the Future event organised by Farming Connect (FC). The individual attending must be registered as a business partner with FC and Rural Payments Wales.
Further information about the aforementioned events and how to book your place will be available shortly on the Farming Connect website.
Cross Compliance breaches
The majority of cross compliance breaches discovered during the winter months are cattle, sheep and welfare related, the most common breaches are failure to:
- Report movements in time
- Report deaths in time
- Maintain calving records
- Record movement details correctly
- Record when animals are tagged
- Update Medicine & Mortality records
These unfortunately can result in penalties being applied to your payments
What can you do to try and avoid these?
Spare a few minutes to check the guidance available.
Farm businesses should regularly check and review the 2018 cross compliance documentation which is available on the Welsh Government website. If you wish to discuss any of the issues contact the Farm Liaison service team.
When the Inspector Calls – a helpful guide for farmers
Some of the content in the above document has been updated. To familiarise yourself with these changes please visit the Welsh Government website.
Transfer of BPS Entitlements 2019
Farmers can transfer their BPS Entitlements by sale or lease with or without land or via inheritance. Transfer of Entitlements online forms are available for you to complete using your RPW Online account.
You must notify the Welsh Government before midnight on 30 April 2019 of any transfers in order for you to make a claim on entitlements you are receiving, in a particular scheme year.
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