EU Dairy Scheme: £150m European farmers

The European Commission has confirmed a new package of measures, including an EU-wide scheme to incentivise a reduction in milk production worth 12p/litre, which will be paid to producers on the basis they commit to reducing production compared with last year across a three-month period.

There could be four tranches of funding to cut production from October 1to December 31 2016.

Applications must be submitted by September 19 2016 using a form available from the RPA website, accompanied by written proof of 2015 production such as milk cheques.

This is on a first come, first served basis so any farmers interested should prepare to submit an application as soon as possible.