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Nitrates Reminder - Deadline for Submitting Forms is 31 December 2017

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is reminding farmers that nitrates records for the movement of organic fertiliser, temporary movement of animals during the year or short term rental grazing agreements (Records 3, 4, 5 Forms) must be submitted on or before 31 December 2017.

Completed forms should be sent to:

Nitrates Section,
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Johnstown Castle Estate,
Co. Wexford
Y35 PN52

These forms are particularly important for farmers wishing to avail of such agreements in order to ensure compliance with the limits of the Nitrates Regulations, thus avoiding penalties for breaching the limits of 170 kgs of Nitrogen per hectare or the limit for those who hold an approved derogation is 250 kgs of Nitrogen per hectare.  Only Records received before the deadline can be taken in to account when calculating the nitrate levels for 2017. 

For those farmers who are registered with Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements for cattle only are available online.  These statements are beneficial to farmers to assist them to keep within the limits provided for in the Nitrates Regulations. Farmers not already registered for can do so by logging on to and clicking the Register button. 

In addition to the statements available on online, informational SMS text messages issue periodically to farmers registered to receive them from the Department. Farmers who wish to receive text alerts can do so by clicking the link on the “Contact Us” section on the home page of the Department’s website



Date Released: 14 November 2017