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Service: REAP scheme now open

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‘๐„๐€๐?

The aim of REAP is to reward farmers for maintaining and enhancing the sustainability of agricultural grassland, field boundaries and margins for a wide range of associated agricultural benefits. The objective is to be met by linking field quality scores to payment rates. The results-based model will be trialled with farmers who have not participated in GLAS and who are not currently in another agri-environmental scheme. Farmers have the choice to either choose Low Input Grassland or Multi Species Ley.

๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐‚๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐š๐ญ๐ž:

10th of May 2021

๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž:

1) Participation Payment - โ‚ฌ1200 per holding per annum

2) Environmental Payment โ€“ quality based payment based on scorecard results - The system will reward farmers based on the environmental score achieved, hence the higher the score the higher the payment which will be achieved

3) Complementary Actions Payment - The investments permitted are: a. Tree planting โ‚ฌ9.20 per tree b. New hedge planting โ‚ฌ15.80 per metre c. Hedge planting infilling of gaps โ‚ฌ15.80 per metre

๐„๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ:

Applicants will be divided into two groups, based on whole farm stocking rate (2019 data) < 140kg/N/ha/ livestock manure or >140kg/N/ha/ livestock manure. Higher marks will be attained by

applications who have a proportion of Natura Land or ANC Land on their holding.

Land declared for 2020 is the land that is available for the REAP application, no new land introduced in 2021 BPS is eligible.

Farmers who have previously participated in GLAS, Organic Farming Scheme and a range of other EIP schemes are not eligible.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ƒ๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐‹๐จ๐ฐ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐‹๐ž๐ฒ:

To use the Low Input Grassland scorecard, (LIG), the following criteria must be met: o Any privately owned, leased or rented enclosed grassland field o Land receiving low inputs of chemical and organic Nitrogen fertiliser (less than 40kgN/ha) can be selected. o A suitable field (pasture or meadow) should have a minimum of 2 non-grass indicator species (from positive indicators list on scorecard). o The cover of ryegrass must be low (less than 30%). o Fields must be predominantly in grass and must not contain heather. o Fenced field margins (where scored) must be established on or before the 15th of July, and prior to advisor assessment (whichever is sooner).

To use the Multi Species Ley scorecard, (MSL), the following criteria must be met: Select an enclosed field where there is an existing mixed species legume ley, managed either for grazing or silage. Or

Select an enclosed ryegrass field where you wish to reseed. Fields where there is a risk of soil erosion or runoff during establishment should not be used. Choose fields that do not have a burden of weeds/control weeds prior to reseeding. Existing species rich/low input grassland are not eligible for reseeding with multi-species ley

A 2m gap (unsprayed/uncultivated) should be kept between the field boundary (i.e. hedge, boundary fence) and the start of the reseed. The crop must be established (and assessment submitted on GLAM) before August 15th in 2021.

Establish a mixed ley of grasses, legumes and herbs. The highest scores are achieved for a diverse mix containing at least 7 legumes/herbs in the mix e.g. certified red clover, certified late flowering red clover, certified birds foot trefoil, Sainfoin, chicory, Sheepโ€™s parsley forage herb, yarrow forage herb, ribwort plantain, Salad burnet, alsike clover, sweet clover.

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