Support available to crofters in the former crofting counties of Scotland for bull hire fees.
The fee is £1,302.26 per bull. This fee is reduced £937.62 for a native bull and £989.70 for a continental bull) where the bull is not over-wintering at the Crofters Commission Stud Farm.
Applicants that complete a cattle improvement plan may be eligible for a further grant of £100.
The Crofters Cattle Improvement Scheme (Bull Hire Scheme) is provided by the Crofters Commission to subsidise bull hire fees on bulls provided from the Crofters Commission stud farms. The scheme is aimed at improving the quality of cattle stock around the Highlands and Islands and to enable crofters to remain in livestock production and improve crofters' returns from livestock through genetic improvement.
Although there are no specific exclusions cited within the guidelines for this scheme, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the sponsor in the first instance to discuss eligibility.
Eligible applicants include:
- Crofting townships.
- Grazing committees.
- Other crofting cattle producers and groups.
Applicants should be based in the former crofting counties of Scotland, which include:
- Ross and Cromarty.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this scheme.
The scheme will cover bull hire fees on up to two bulls.
Breeds currently available include:
- Aberdeen Angus.
The Commission reserves the right to supply a breed which it considers to be more suitable.
Applications may be made at any time.
Any enquiries regarding the scheme should be directed to:
Stud Farm Manager
T: 01463 231261
M: 07767 673717