Cow & Livestock Finance

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Written by Richard Wilcock | Reviewed by Jamie Moorcroft | Updated: February 29, 2024

What is livestock finance?

Farm finance or livestock finance is a loan specifically designed to help you grow your livestock, dairy farm or cattle business. Providing you with the money to invest in livestock and the tools and equipment to care for them.

There are different types of financing for this kind of industry, including both secured and unsecured livestock loans, meaning some loan products may require you to put up collateral in exchange for the finances, while some may not.

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Do I need livestock finance?

Whether you need livestock finance depends on your current financial situation. Buying livestock is expensive, so if you don’t have access to surplus working capital, you might need to consider financing options.

In June 2023, the average price for a dairy cow under 36 months old was £1,726, and cows older than 36 months were sold for £1,716. And if you wanted to secure some Luing cattle or Texel sheep — the price only increases.

It’s safe to say that investing in livestock is expensive. So applying for specialised cow finance or livestock finance means you can purchase a range of livestock, including a dairy herd or other cattle without bankrupting your agricultural business in the process. Instead, repay your finance over a flexible term and spread the cost with affordable monthly instalments.


What can I use my livestock finance for?

You can use your farm finance to purchase anything relating to livestock; here are some ways you might find it useful:

  • For a boost of short-term cash flow
  • Purchasing livestock
  • Buy or lease farm equipment to help you raise your livestock
  • Purchase land for your livestock
  • Develop farm buildings for keeping livestock
  • To cover daily expenses on your farm (machinery upkeep, vet bills, feed)

What are my livestock finance options?

Livestock finance comes in two forms: secured and unsecured. There are big differences between the two, with the major difference having to risk a high-value asset to secure a loan.

Here are some livestock financing options you can consider:

Business loans

If you’re looking for a substantial loan for a long-term finance solution, you can consider a business loan. With a secured loan, you can access in excess of £2 million and repay it over a longer term of up to 10 years and unlock lower interest rates. And with an unsecured business loan, you can apply for up to £500,000 to help you grow your farming business.

Equipment financing

Regardless of the type of livestock you’re raising, you need equipment and tools to keep them healthy. Equipment financing is a type of agricultural finance you can use to lease or purchase top-end machinery to ensure your farm runs as efficiently as possible.

Spend equipment finance on milking equipment such as milking machines and portable milkers, feeders, waste systems, fodder trucks, and chaff cutters. You name it, you can finance it.

Commercial property finance

If you need to build a shelter or purchase new plots of land, commercial property finance can help you secure the funds you need to make it happen. Renovate your existing farm buildings or build crop and feed stores and silos or new shelters to house your livestock in the winter months.

Invoice finance

If you supply meat or dairy products to retail customers, you can release 95% of the cash tied up in your unpaid invoices. Working with larger retailers can be lucrative, but riding out their lengthy payment terms can halt your cash flow in its tracks. Instead, release these funds immediately with invoice finance and keep your cash flow positive.

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What documents do I need to apply for livestock financing?

For most types of financing, you must meet the basic criteria:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have a UK-registered company (sole trader, partnership, or limited company)
  • Have a UK bank account
  • Have been operating for at least three months

For most types of financing, you must meet the basic criteria:

  • Company registration details
  • Minimum annual turnover (depending on the loan type)
  • Purpose of the loan
  • Bank statements (usually three months’ worth)

How to apply for cow finance

Applying for livestock, farming, or dairy cow finance is easy with a commercial broker like Capalona. Our free loan comparison tool lets you compare livestock finance providers in seconds.

All you need to do is input a few basic details, then you’ll be taken straight to our comparison table, where you can compare lender rates, total repayable and monthly loan costs all from one place.

If you’re not sure which finance option is most suitable for you, don’t worry. We’ll match you with all suitable lending types depending on the details you share with us. Getting a quote is 100% free, quick and easy, and there’s no obligation to accept any quote offered to you.

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About the author

Richard Wilcock
Written by Richard Wilcock

Money Writer, Director and Co-Founder

Richard is one of the Co-Founders here at Capalona and has over twenty years of experience in the marketing industry, specialising in the finance sector.

Updated: February 29, 2024
Published: August 01, 2023
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