SP6: Cattle grazing supplement

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the cattle grazing supplement.

How much is paid

£45 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this supplement

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Only in combination with a land management option where cattle grazing is appropriate for delivering the aims of the option.

In exceptional circumstances as agreed by Natural England it can also be used with:

Where this supplement cannot be used


How this supplement will benefit the environment

There should be:

  • a more varied sward structure, which will increase wildlife diversity
  • better control of scrub, bracken and coarse vegetation
  • better grazing of wet areas and difficult sites such as steep slopes


  • graze the site according to a stocking calendar agreed with Natural England
  • with GS5 in the Mid Tier – at least 60% of the grazing Livestock Units must comprise of cattle

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • stock records to show grazing activity on parcels

This supplement can be located on the same area as the following supplements:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this supplement

The following section gives advice on carrying out this supplement successfully, but does not form part of the requirements for this supplement.

Where to use this supplement

It can be used at sites where:

  • cattle are being introduced
  • significant changes to the current grazing regime are needed to improve the quality of the habitat

Type of cattle

Many cattle breeds or cross-breeds may be capable of meeting requirements:

  • cattle with low nutritional requirements, such as dry suckler cows, are best for sites with fibrous herbage
  • mature, placid cattle are best suited for sites where there are ground-nesting birds, as they reduce the risk of trampling


Graze different habitat types at different times of the year and with a range of cattle numbers.

Applicants should discuss the numbers and timing of cattle grazing with their Natural England adviser during the application process.

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