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Statement from Department Reminding Farmers to Submit Slurry Export Records Before the 31st December 2014 Deadline

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today reminded farmers who have exported slurry or farmyard manure that they must submit Record of movement of organic fertiliser (Record 3) forms to the Nitrates Section, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle Co Wexford before the 31st December 2014. These records will be taken into account when the final stocking rate for each farm for 2014 is established.

Record 5 (Rental/grazing agreement) forms must also be submitted to the Nitrates Section before the end of the current year, if they are to be taken into account for nitrates credit purposes. The Record 5 form is used where lands are rented after the closing date for the Single Payment Scheme.

Approximately 116,000 livestock farmers complied with the livestock manure limit in 2013. Farmers should be aware that if the limits are breached twice within a three year period their penalty will be trebled in accordance with regulatory requirements.

Farmers who are registered for agfood.ie can avail of the on-line system to view their Nitrates position for cattle to the end of September. Text messages were sent to farmers registered with the text messaging service in July and in October alerting them if they were approaching or exceeding the limits at that time.

Farmers are encouraged to register for both online and text messaging services so that they can have nitrates information readily available. Farmers not already registered for agfood.ie can do so by logging onto www.agfood.ie and clicking the ‘Register’ button. To register a mobile phone number for future SMS text alerts log on to  https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/mobileupdates/ to access the sign-on form, or alternatively contact the regional office.

The Department is encouraging all farmers to review their stocking rate levels, in conjunction with an advisor if needed, and take appropriate action now to plan ahead for 2015. This may mean applying for a derogation, exporting slurry, renting extra land where available or reducing stock numbers.

Farmers should consider applying for a derogation if their annual Nitrogen per hectare figure is 160 kgs or higher. Over 80% of derogation applications were received on-line in 2014. The Nitrates Derogation Application system will be fully online in 2015 and no postal applications will be accepted. Farmers and advisors should be taking soil samples now if considering applying for the derogation for the first time or where samples will not cover the 2015 fertiliser year.

Fertiliser Accounts for 2014 can now be submitted online. The form for completion is available on the DAFM website at www.agriculture.gov.ie/ruralenvironment/nitrates/nitratesderogationinformation/2015derogationforms

Notes to the editor.

The Nitrates regulations require all farmers to comply with a limit of 170kgs nitrogen/ha from livestock manure or 250 kgs/ha where they have been approved for a derogation. This is the overall stocking rate of the holding and is established by dividing the amount of nitrogen produced by livestock on the holding by the eligible area of land included on the Single Payment scheme application form. Nitrogen from imported livestock manure must also be taken into account.

In an ongoing effort to address the number of penalties the Department has provided the following services to farmers:

  • Text messages giving Nitrogen per hectare figures for end of June and September periods were sent to farmers registered for this service whose profile suggested they were on course to exceed or come close to the limit.
  • Interim and end of year Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements are available on line at www.agfood.ie for registered users.
  • Advisors can receive end of September N&P interim statements for their clients, at 120 kgs of N per hectare or above, from the Department by email on request.
    Letters issued last month to those farmers who exceeded the limits in 2012 and 2013 and who are projected to be close to or over the limit again this year. This was a reminder letter to inform them to submit any relevant documentation they may have that could reduce their Nitrates loading before 31st December 2014, e.g. Record of movement of organic fertiliser (Record 3) or Rental/grazing agreements (Record 5) forms.
  • Intensive pig producers also received letters reminding them of the requirements under the Nitrates Regulations, in particular the requirement to submit record of movement forms to Nitrates Section by 31st December 2014
  • Training for all FAS (Farm advisory system) advisors to ensure up to date knowledge of all cross compliance requirements. The list of these advisors is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/crosscompliance/farmadvisorysystem/

View this Statement as a PDF: Statement from Department Reminding Farmers to Submit Slurry Export Records before the 31st December 2014 Deadline (pdf 153Kb) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date Released: 08 December 2014