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Livestock Manure Application Limit Raised

22 September 2009

UK - Farmers are to be allowed to apply 250kg of grazing livestock manure nitrogen per hectare, where certain conditions are met to help protect waters.

In order to apply the 250kg, farmers must apply for retrospective derogation for 2009. The 170kg nitrogen limit continues to apply to livestock manures from animals such as pigs and poultry, that are not classed as grazing livestock.

Nitrate regulations are in place to reduce nitrate entering England’s rivers and groundwater from agriculture, helping to keep rivers in a healthy condition and protect our drinking water. 

New regulations, guidance and application periods will be published later this year for farmers wishing to apply for the derogation.

Farmers should apply retrospectively before the end of January 2010 for this year’s derogation.  Derogation applications for 2010 will should be made from 1 February to 30 April 2010.

Further Reading

- You can find more information including the criteria for complying with the derogation by clicking here.

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