Farmers encouraged to have say on Payment-by-Results initiative to improve animal welfare

Farmers are being urged to take part in a Defra-funded survey on the Payment-by-Results scheme, which will provide funding to producers for animal welfare improvements.

ADAS and Defra are inviting dairy, beef, laying hen, sheep and pig producers to have their opinion on the on the best way to develop the scheme.

The survey will ask producers to consider a range of options aimed at delivering welfare improvements that are specific to your main farming enterprise. The options could be an action to take, such as reducing stocking density, or a final outcome, such as reduced mortality, or a combination of both.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and  participants are free to withdraw at any time during or after you submit your responses.

The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed here https://surveys.qaresearch.co.uk/public.asp.

All responses and data will be stored securely by ADAS and Qa Research and anonymised to remove any details that could identify you or your farm.

Sheep farmers Ashley and Anne Jelly, who have already taken part, said: “This is a really important opportunity for all livestock farmers to feed into a future payment scheme for animal welfare so don’t miss this chance to take part and have your say.”

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