Don’t be caught out by slurry rules

THE Environment Agency is reminding farmers that time is running out if they need to enlarge their slurry store to comply with Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2008 (NVZ Regulations).

The regulations require livestock farmers to provide sufficient storage for slurry produced by their animals while they are kept in a yard or building during certain months of the year.

The deadline is January 1, 2012.

Periods covered by the regulations differ according to the type of livestock being farmed.

They are: six months, from October 1 to April 1, inclusive, for pig slurry; five months, from October 1 to March 1, inclusive, for other livestock slurry.

All new slurry stores, reception pits or tanks must meet the construction standards set down in The Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations 1991.

New stores must also be inspected by the Environment Agency at least two weeks before use.

In addition, the Environment Agency is asking farmers to check their slurry, dirty water and effluent collection systems to reduce the risk of pollution over winter

Jo Chandler, senior environment officer for the agency, said: “The regulations are designed to protect the environment and it is vital that farmers are aware of them and take action to comply before the New Year deadline.”