Mid Slurry Spreading Season April 2020

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Weather conditions finally on the farmer’s side.                                                                                    

Gloriously warm weather provides an opportunity for farmers to landspread organic fertilisers that have been stock piled at farms, in some cases for more than one animal housing period.  However farmers need to be very mindful of the legal constraints that govern this area and should be very familiar with the GAP Regulations EU (Good Agricultural Practice for Protection of Waters) Regulations 2017 as they undertake this work.  These restrictions are enforceable by the Local Authorities and put into practice aspects of the Nitrates Directive, a European wide effort to reduce Nitrate pollution of waters from agricultural sources. The GAP regulations put a heavy onus on good farmyard management and care and diligence  around the method and manner of slurry/soiled water/ farm yard manure and chemical fertiliser application. There are limitations in relation to buffer distances, ground conditions, forecasted weather, slurry application equipment and spreading dates. Given the extended spell of dry weather most farmers will have reduced the levels of slurry in their tanks and are perhaps keeping some slurry aside for 2nd cut silage. Leitrim County Council would like to take this opportunity to remind farmers of the landspreading closed season dates and the restrictions listed below.

What the Regulations say-

  • Livestock manure, other organic fertilisers, effluents, soiled water and chemical fertilisers shall be applied to land in as accurate and uniform a manner as is practically possible.
  • Organic and chemical fertilisers or soiled water shall not be applied to land in any of the following circumstances-

-the land is waterlogged;

-the land is flooded or likely to flood;

- the land is snow-covered or frozen;

- heavy rain is forecast within 48 hours,

-the ground slopes steeply and there is a risk of water pollution having regard to factors such as surface runoff pathways, the presence of land drains, the absence of hedgerows to mitigate surface flow, soil condition and ground cover.

  • Organic fertilisers or soiled water shall not be applied to land—

- by use of an umbilical system with an upward-facing splashplate,

- by use of a tanker with an upward-facing splashplate,

- by use of a sludge irrigator mounted on a tanker,

- from a road or passageway adjacent to the land irrespective of whether or not the road or passageway is within or outside the curtilage of the holding.

 



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