In 2017, new Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) were designated. If your land was placed in an NVZ for the first time in 2017, you did not have to comply with the NVZ rules straight away. Certain rules were phased in from the beginning of this year and all rules will be phased in by 31st July 2019.
As of the 1st August 2019, you will need to comply with the following areas:
• Storing slurry and poultry manure – Storage Periods
• Spreading manufactured fertiliser
• Equipment you can now use to spread slurry
• Spreading different types of organic manure – Closed Periods
• Separating slurry.
If these new rules apply to you, is your farming operation set up and ready for these changes?
What are your storage requirements? What is your storage capacity? Can you reduce your storage requirements? Do you have the correct equipment to apply slurry? Do you have a nutrient plan? Do you know when and where you can apply slurry?
Now is an ideal time to plan for the transition next summer, whether this is reassessing your slurry storage requirements and capacities? Or by investing in precision spreading equipment or slurry separation equipment. Now is also a great time to optimise any infrastructure changes or equipment purchases as there are still some grant funding monies available to help projects like this.
If you are unsure of the answers to any of the above questions, then please contact Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local FCG office, to discuss how we can help you get NVZ ready before it is too late.