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 Mid Tier with:

In Higher Tier:

  • with a land management option where cattle grazing is appropriate for delivering the aims of the option

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
  • in 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.

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.