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Are you one of the many farms missing out on R&D Tax Relief?


Megan Lear,
Leyton UK

Leyton UK’s Megan Lear is from an agricultural background and fully understands the current pressures faced by the industry.

“There are challenges to overcome on a daily basis and in trying to be more efficient, many of you will be attempting to improve your yields, animal welfare or land quality. If so, it’s likely you’re carrying out research and development work (R&D). This incredible HMRC scheme allows British farms to be rewarded with valuable tax relief for their efforts, providing important cashflow and aiding operational efficiencies.”

Below are examples of the wide range of activities relating to Poultry, Pig, Dairy and Arable farming which qualify for R&D tax relief.

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What sorts of activities qualify as research & development?

  • Feeding trials: developing new feeds, type of feed, timing of feed, ration timing
  • Investigating the effect of light and ventilation to stimulate output
  • Improvements to housing or management practices
  • Trialling different breeds
  • Reducing the use of antibiotics: trialling vaccines, water treatment
  • Pest mitigation strategies
  • Methods to reduce stress
  • Improving animal health and welfare: reducing mortality/tail biting
  • Reducing antibiotic usage
  • Feed trials or improvements to feed conversion ratio
  • Improvements to number of sows per litter and farrowing rate
  • Improvements in muscle to fat ratios/average daily gain
  • Selective breeding to improve genetic trials
  • Selective breeding to improve genetic traits
  • Reducing mortality rates and improving the health of the cow
  • Reducing antibiotic usage
  • Investigating alternative ways to reduce the risk/rate of disease
  • Developing new feeds to enhance milk production
  • Feeding trials: type of feed, the timing of feed, ration timing
  • mproving sustainability and decreasing environmental impact
  • Trialling new varieties to improve yield or disease resistance
  • New methodologies to optimise yield
  • The investigation into hydroponic, aeroponic or vertical growth systems
  • Improving ground quality or reducing environmental impact
  • Modification of fertilisers to improve the absorption of minerals and nutrients
  • Optimisation of harvest and sorting line
  • Innovative use of technology – drones, sensors, scanners, software etc.

To discuss your businesses’ eligibility with our expert team please complete the form above