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:
- BE4 - Management of traditional orchards (Higher Tier only)
- BE5 - Creation of traditional orchards (Higher Tier only)
- GS5 - Permanent grassland with very low inputs in SDAs
- GS6 - Management of species-rich grassland (Higher Tier only)
- GS7 - Restoration towards species-rich grassland (Higher Tier only)
- GS8 - Creation of species-rich grassland (Higher Tier only)
- GS13 - Management of grassland for target features (Higher Tier only)
- GS14 - Creation of grassland for target features (Higher Tier only)
- WD4 - Management of wood pasture and parkland (Higher Tier only)
- WD5 - Restoration of wood pasture and parkland (Higher Tier only)
- WD6 - Creation of wood pasture (Higher Tier only)
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
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
Related Mid Tier supplements
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
Published: 2 April 2015
Updated: 10 March 2017
- Updated for 2017 applications.
- Information updated for applications in 2016.
- First published.