Gwlad newsletter 27 April 2023




Single Application Form (SAF) 2023

The deadline for submitting your SAF is midnight 15 May 2023, or by 9 June 2023 with late penalties. A SAF cannot be submitted or accepted after 9 June 2023.

lambs in field

BPS Transfer of Entitlements

The transfer notification facility for 2023 entitlements is available on RPW Online. RPW must be notified by 15 May 2023 in order for the recipient to make a claim on entitlements they are receiving for the 2023 BPS scheme year.


RPW Online: essential maintenance dates

Dates when RPW Online will be unavailable due to essential maintenance and updates.

Welsh countryside

Are you using Manage My CPH yet?

Over 59% of existing registered keepers have now transitioned their CPH and are now benefiting from the 10-mile rule and functionality of Manage My CPH via RPW Online. Over 29,000 inactive CPH records have been closed.


Rural support schemes

Information on all of the agricultural support schemes, including application window dates, scheme requirements and eligibility criteria.


Small Grants – Yard Coverings: Change to opening date

The next round of the Small Grants – Yard Coverings scheme has been changed and will now run from 1 November to 15 December 2023

strawberry plants

Small Grants - Horticulture Start Up

The next Expression of Interest (EoI) window for the Small Grants – Horticulture Start Up scheme opened on 11 April 2023 and will close on 20 May 2023.


Avian Influenza Prevention Zone - Update

Following the latest assessment of risk in relation to poultry from avian influenza, the mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds have been lifted across Wales. This means keepers may, if they choose to, allow their birds outside. 


A Refreshed TB Eradication Programme Delivery Plan

The Plan covers the next 5 years and includes our commitments. These include:

  • taking forward new Governance arrangements
  • a pilot project to address deep seated levels of TB infection in parts of Pembrokeshire
  • engaging further with stakeholders on TB Payments and Informed Purchasing

Changes to TB testing in parts of the Intermediate and Low TB Areas

Changes are being made to how TB testing is managed in parts of the Intermediate and Low TB Areas of Wales. The latest changes were implemented on 3 April 2023.


Have you found a dead badger

As part of our Bovine TB Eradication Programme a contract was awarded to collect "badger found dead" carcases for post-mortem purposes. If you come across a dead badger, please note the location of the carcase and call 0808 169 5110.

Hybu Cig Cymru

Four new members join Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales board

The Minister for Rural Affairs, North Wales and Trefnydd has appointed four new members of the Board of Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales.


Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020 – Phase 2 Registrations

Businesses and other organisations who use plant protection products (e.g. herbicides) professionally, or have them applied by a third party, are legally required to register. Professional users who did not register by the June 2022 deadline, and Welsh businesses, must provide their details to us as soon as possible to comply with the legislation.

Farming Connect

Embracing new ideas and opportunities on Welsh farms to be celebrated at industry event

Celebrating the role of on-farm research carried out across Wales to embrace new ideas and opportunities will be in the spotlight at a key industry event in May. 

Farming Connect

Farming Connect Agri Academy 2023

The search for Farming Connect Agri Academy 2023 candidates begins on 1 May, with the application window open until 15 May. 


Wales Rural Network Support Unit (WRNSU)

The WRNSU aids the exchange of ideas between rural organisations. It is available to anyone:

  • interested in rural development
  • keep up to speed with future funding information

Farm Liaison Service

Confidential, one-to-one guidance and support. If you need to discuss any issues contact one of the Farm Liaison Service staff.


FarmWell Wales

FarmWell Wales provides Welsh farmers with the most up-to-date information and details of support services. This can help them and their businesses stay resilient through times of change and volatility.


Addington Fund

Telephone: 01926 620135


DPJ Foundation 

Telephone: 0800 587 4262 or text: 07860 048799



The Farming Community Network (FCN)

Telephone: 03000 111 999



Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)

Telephone: 0800 188 4444.



Tir Dewi

Telephone: 0800 121 47 22




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