Dairy Response Fund deadline extended

Dairy Response Fund



Defra’s Dairy Response Fund application deadline has been extended to 11th September. The fund originally opened for applications on 18th June, with a closing date of 14th August.




The fund was set up by Defra to help those dairy farmers most in need in England overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The funding is to help support dairy farmers who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close. With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess milk, the new fund provides support to help farmers continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare by helping cover ongoing costs. 


Eligible dairy farmers will be entitled to up to £10,000 each. The amount of payment will be calculated on around 70% of their losses from actual milk sales during April and May. 


You can apply for this scheme if the following apply:

  • You supply cows' milk to a wholesale purchaser 
  • you have had a reduction in the average price paid for your milk of 25% or more in April 2020 compared to that paid in February 2020 
  • the reduction in the price paid for your milk was on account of the coronavirus outbreak


Payments will not be made for May losses alone.


For more information and an application form go to: