GS15: Haymaking supplement

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the haymaking supplement.

How much will be paid

£85 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this supplement

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Whole or part-parcel

Only in combination with one of the following land management options:

How this supplement will benefit the environment

To ensure the continuation, or reintroduction, of haymaking on fields which are, or were, cut for hay each year. It allows a crop of herb-rich hay to be grown and harvested, which will lead to wildflowers and grasses blossoming and setting seed. This will help to conserve many of the plants in the meadow and provide pollen and nectar for bees and other insects.


  • cut and remove field-dried hay every year
  • graze the aftermath sward, preferably with cattle

Keeping records

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

  • field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
  • any sites grazed will require a grazing activity record

You should also be aware that at the start of each claim year, a percentage of agreement holders will be asked to take and submit the following photographic records:

  • photographs of the management undertaken

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.

Cost of haymaking

This supplement is normally available

  • to ensure the continuation, or reintroduction, of haymaking on fields which are, or were, cut for hay each year. or
  • if the cost of haymaking is particularly high, for example:
    • if buying machinery or livestock would lead to additional costs for making or storing hay
    • if there are long distances between the meadows and the hay barn

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.