Irish Dairy Farmers Heap On The Manure

IRELAND - Dairy UK today, welcomed the decision by the European Commission to approve the derogation application under the EC Nitrates Directive.
calendar icon 18 October 2007
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This derogation from the EC Nitrate Directive means that grassland farms in Northern Ireland, which meet the conditions, will be allowed to apply cattle manure up to a maximum of 250kg organic nitrogen per hectare per year.

Paul Archer, Director, Dairy UK (Northern Ireland) said today: “This is a victory for common sense and provides dairy farmers with a balanced and workable derogation that will allow farmers to make the most of grass-based production, while protecting water quality.

“We welcome the approval of derogation, but appreciate it will mean more detailed record keeping for farmers, and we hope this will remain at a manageable level.”

Director General of Dairy UK, Jim Begg said: ”The decision by the EU Nitrates Committee to approve the derogation application shows a recognition and understanding of the practicalities of grass-based farming.

“It represents an effective workable solution which balances the needs of the environment and the agriculture industry in a sustainable way for the future.”

Farms operating under a derogation are required to adopt additional nutrient management measures to ensure that operating at a higher livestock manure limit does not adversely impact on water quality.

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