Spread slurry responsibly
The Scottish Farmer, December 2012
Tough weather conditions have prompted a reminder to farmers about spreading slurry responsibly
All farmers are obliged to store and spread slurry and manure in a careful manner. However, sodden ground and full slurry stores are making compliance challenging for some.
With more heavy rain forecast over the festive period, NFU Scotland, the Scottish Government and SEPA are now working together to minimise the problems being experienced.
For those in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones, where compliance is policed by RPID, the closed period is in operation. In recognition of the atrocious conditions, RPID has said that it will work with farmers to investigate options to reduce storage pressures.
If any farmers outwith the NVZ are experiencing similar problems with storage and spreading, they should contact SEPA in the first instance where it will consider applications for spreading on waterlogged ground. Scottish Government and SEPA both state that they are well aware of the difficulties and are monitoring the situation closely.
NFUS environmental policy manager Andrew Bauer said:
- Given the ongoing atrocious weather, with many parts of the country receiving almost 200% of their average rainfall, managing slurry and manure storage and application has been a huge headache for many farmers. We continue to field enquires from concerned members on a daily basis.
- While SEPA has said it is willing to consider applications for spreading on waterlogged ground, RPID has said for those in the NVZs, they will want to investigate all options with farmers and a farm inspection by RPID is likely. Farmers may wish to ensure all the paperwork associated with NVZs is in order before approaching RPID about their situation.