Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) Handbook 2013 (NE349)
UX1 Moorland commons and shared grazing requirements £5 per ha supplementary payment

This requirement must be located on all SDA parcels of common and shared grazing land above the Moorland Line where there are two or more active graziers. It can only be used on whole-fields. The supplementary payment contributes towards the costs of facilitating communal agreements and collaborative management of grazing livestock.

You must comply with the following:

  • All sheep must comprise hefted self-maintained flocks. Exceptionally, where self-maintained herds/ flocks are not retained, the livestock need only be acclimatised to the conditions of the moor eg where the area of common is relatively small and there is no sheep tick. Wethers are permitted provided that they are sourced from an area of similar physical conditions and disease challenge.
Hefting (otherwise known as ‘learing’ or ‘heafing’) consists of retaining a self-maintained herd/ flock that is acclimatised to the conditions of the grazing. The herd/flock replacements are homebred, selected from within the resident herd/flock so that the animals are familiar with the physical conditions and have some resistance to prevailing diseases.
  • Establish and maintain a commoners’ association/group supported by an internal agreement. This Uplands ELS agreement must indicate the type of stock and system of management for the purpose of the agreement.
  • Maintain an ongoing record of active graziers and the numbers and type of stock for the period of the agreement and produce these records on inspection or when requested by Natural England.
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