Dairy Response Fund Open

Dairy Response Fund

The government’s Dairy Hardship Fund has opened to applications from milk producers in England and Wales who have suffered financial losses due to the coronavirus lockdown.


The Scheme opened on 18 June and eligible farmers could receive up to £10,000 when payments begin to reach bank accounts on 6 July. However, the eligibility criteria could mean many producers will miss out on support, despite incurring some of the most significant losses.


That is because Defra ditched early plans to base eligibility on lost income, in favour of a simpler calculation based on the milk price paid. You can apply for this scheme if both of 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


Payments will not be made for May losses alone.


For further details on eligibility and an application form go to:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dairy-response-fund-2020