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RDPE - Countryside Productivity Scheme - Small Grant Scheme

RDPE - Countryside Productivity Scheme - Small Grant Scheme

We are happy to announce that the Small Grant Scheme has been re-opened in England for 2019! This is our second year working with the grant & we have decided to share our knowledge and experience of working with Small Grant Scheme team & successful applicants who bought Moocall products.

Find out more from our customer Nick Oliver

“We bought the Moocall HEAT system after having a very positive experiences with Moocall Calving Sensors.
"The bonus of receiving a 40% grant through countryside productivity scheme may have made it more affordable, but really it would have been a good investment regardless.
"The collars have helped us make more use of AI with a teaser, but also improved use of stock bulls.
"It helped us keep track on the status of cows and ensure bulls are working correctly.
"When used alongside the app a very useful record of herd activity can be built up.”

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Specifications

The grant will cover 40% of your project. The minimum the grant covers is £3,000 and the maximum the grant covers is £12,000.
What does this mean?
This means at a minimum a farmer needs to buy £7,500 worth of equipment to claim £3,000 back and at a maximum the farmer needs to buy £30,000 worth of equipment to claim back £12,000.

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Features of the Moocall Calving Sensor

  • Alerts users 1 & 2 hours before calving
  • 1 sensor for every 40 cows
  • Easily transferred to next cow with no reset needed
  • 90% accuracy rates in detecting calving - we can watch your herd when you're not around.
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Features of the Moocall HEAT system

  • Bull & Cow activity behaviour system
  • Send text or app alert at the start time of a heat
  • Breedmanager App information will identify repeat cows
  • 24/7 HEAT system with 60 day rechargeable battery - we can watch your herd when you're not around
  • Breedmanager app will automatically generate due dates for next year
  • Catches more than 9 of every 10 heats

 

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Grant Process

  1. Apply for the grant online (you can only apply once)
  2. Application will be accepted/rejected
  3. Buy the equipment if grant is accepted
  4. Claim the money back within 150 days of purchase

The RDPE in 3 simple steps

Step 1: Application

Information used to register your business with Rural Payments Agency (RPA) MUST match the application information. They need -

  • Customer Registration Number (CRN)
  • Single Business Identifier Number (SBI)
  • Email address (Must match RPA account)
  • Full business address (Must match RPA account)
  • Correct post code  (Must match RPA account)

Step 2: Purchase

Applicants must purchase the equipment themselves.

It is important to make sure the store has the equipment in stock. This was a minor issue last year, however the RDPE allowed extra discretion for this.

Step 3: Claiming

  • Email copy of invoices for each item to RDPE
  • Invoice must be address to the individual / business with the information corresponding to their RPA account
  • Invoice should also show suppliers name, address, VAT no. & date
  • Must quote code of items in Email (SG12 Calving sensor & R2-SG63 HEAT Detection)

Small Grant Handbook (Page 39 Codes SG12 & R2-SG63)

Read full handbook here: PDF

CALVING SENSOR RDPE COUNTRYSIDE PRODUCTIVITY SCHEME SMALL GRANT SCHEME

MOOCALL HEAT DETECTION RDPE COUNTRYSIDE PRODUCTIVITY SCHEME SMALL GRANT SCHEME

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RDPE - Countryside Productivity Scheme - Small Grant Scheme

RDPE - Countryside Productivity Scheme - Small Grant Scheme

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme is a Small Grant Scheme for England.

Through this, you can get 40% off purchasing farm equipment between the value of £3,000 and £30,000.

All Moocall devices (Moocall Calving Sensor, Moocall HEAT) are available for purchase through the scheme.

If you want to learn more about this great opportunity, read our full blog here: https://gb.moocall.com/blogs/news/rdpe-countryside-productivity-scheme-small-grant-scheme

Moocall HEAT launches test farm in New Zealand

Moocall HEAT launches test farm in New Zealand

Moocall HEAT testing is underway in New Zealand, and our Kiwi test farmers are seeing the benefits already - setup took just 2 hours!

Our tester Brendan arrived on the farm in Canterbury, South Island for setup on the 600-head farm belonging to George and Rachel.

They use 2-year-old Jersey teaser (vasectomised) Bulls for heat detection but to make the test fair, they decided to use the Moocall HEAT collars on a separate heifer herd of ~100 for the next 3 weeks.

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Brendan tagged all the heifers with the Moocall RFID tag. He used a Leader tagger, that he found matched the Moocall tag well.

The workflow was good, and the Breedmanager App scanned the QR code fast in potentially difficult lighting - strong sun and shadows.

All tags were attached as per Moocall instructions - with the antenna to the back of the ear.

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The bulls took to the collars with only a small amount of protest – got a rub in a pile of gravel, but they seemed settled within half an hour.

Rachel and George then got set up with the Moocall Breedmanager app, which took seconds. Brendan downloaded and installed Breedmanager for his Android phone and set up his account.

He then Downloaded Apple version for George and Rachel. George’s cellphone was also registered for SMS messages.

Tagging, collar attaching and app setup were all complete in the space of 2 hours. Which isn’t bad when you’re saving hundreds of hours in a season!

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And here is the beauty of the system in action. Our tester Brendan got his alert about heat activity 4 hours later when he was in the airport.