SP8: Native breeds at risk supplement

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the native breeds at risk supplement.

How much is paid

£142 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this supplement

Available for Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier

Only on land in combination with a land management option. The species and breed used for grazing must be confirmed in writing by Natural England as being appropriate for achieving the option’s aims.

Native breed at risk (NBAR) grazing livestock must be used that are either:

  • registered pedigree purebreeding animals
  • genetically-provable purebred progeny of registered pedigree purebreeding parents of the same eligible NBAR breed

Where this supplement cannot be used

How this supplement will benefit the environment

It is for the conservation of genetic diversity in native breeds at risk.

The number of NBAR stock on the farm will increase or be maintained as agreed. This makes sure that the breeds will not become extinct in England.


  • state how many registered pedigree purebreeding NBAR livestock they will be keeping, or agreeing to keep, by the end of the agreement
  • graze specific parcels with the breeds at risk in accordance with a stocking calendar

Keeping records

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

  • a monthly record of grazing animals at the parcel level
  • unique individual animal movement identification numbers for each eligible animal
  • any changes to the original documentation since submission of the application, such as replacement animals
  • stocking calendar agreed with Natural England
  • the unique individual permanent NBAR breed identification numbers for each eligible animal - either the pedigree registration number or birth notification number
  • breed registration records and proof of animal provenance, parentage and availability for each animal

The detailed requirements for this supplement will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.

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.


The UK NBAR list shows the eligible breeds. Information on suitable breeds for different types of grassland and how to manage them is available at the Grazing Animals Project.

On farms with mainstream breeds as well as NBAR livestock payment will be limited to an area of land sufficient to maintain the eligible NBAR livestock.

Further information

Read more information about Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 8 February 2022 + show all updates
  1. New payment rate from 1 January 2022.

  2. Updated for 2017 applications.

  3. Information updated for applications in 2016.

  4. First published.