The NVZ regulations form part of the Nitrates Directive, an EC law aimed at reducing the amount of N entering the watercourse as a result of agricultural related operations. Certain farming operations on livestock farms within the designated NVZ areas will be governed by the regulations. These include being able to demonstrate adequate slurry storage capacity relative to livestock enterprise size and type and restrictions over the times of year when slurry and farm animal waste can be applied to land.
For more information on NVZs and to download good practice guides please click here, or to complete the NVZ self assessment tool to assess your farming practises against the requirements of legislation please click here.
Catchment Sensitive Farming
CSF aims to reduce the level of diffuse pollution in rivers, groundwater, and other aquatic habitats caused by farming operations. Catchment Sensitive Farming delivers practical solutions and targeted support to enable farmers and land managers to take voluntary actions to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture to protect water bodies and the environment.
For more information on the grant scheme, events, guidance notes, and locations of catchments please click here, or if you are in a catchment and you would like to contact your local officer, please click here.
Soils for Profit
The Soils for Profit project looks at delivering on farm practical advice to help farmers make the most of their manures and nutrients. If you are interested in receiving a free visit please visit the Soils for Profit page.
Tried and Tested
The Tried and Tested Nutrient Management Plan helps make nutrient management planning and recording practical and simple for your farm. The system deals with planning fertiliser and manure use, meeting regulatory demands and protecting the environment.
For more information please click here.
RB209 – The Fertiliser Manual
Using the fertiliser manual will help farmers and land managers better assess fertiliser requirements for the range of crops grown by suggesting what level of nutrients are required to provide the best financial return for the farm business.
To access RB209 please click here.
A nutrient management software tool that is freely available for farmers to use. It allows for field level record keeping, recommendations allowing for organic manure nutrients, and nutrient application plans.
To access PLANET please click here.
Organic manures are a valuable source of plant available nitrogen (N). However, using either too much or too little N can adversely affect crop yields and quality. By integrating manure and inorganic fertiliser N additions, crop yields and quality will be optimised and pollution risks reduced.
MANNER is a decision support system that can be used to accurately predict the fertiliser nitrogen value of organic manures on a field specific basis. MANNER has been developed using results from the latest research, funded by DEFRA, on organic manure utilisation on agricultural land.
To access MANNER please click here.
For regulations on slurry storage developed by the Environment Agency, including the capacity, design and construction requirements and good practise guidelines please click here.
For information on the regulations concerning spreading slurries and manures on land please click here.
Developed by Dairy Co, the main aim of the Slurry Wizard is to identify whether there is adequate slurry storage and to allow for different strategies to be explored.
The wizard has three key components; to calculate the existing slurry capacity; to calculate the existing slurry production; and the production of a report to look at the monthly production compared to the existing storage.
For more information or to order your copy please click here.
Water Framework Directive
The Water Framework Directive came into force in Decemer 2000 and became part of EU law in Dec 2003. It claims to protect and enhance the quality of surface freshwater, ground waters, groundwater dependent ecosystems, estuaries and coastal waters out to one mile from low water.
For more information on the Water Framework Directive from the Environment Agency, please click here.
Water notes are intended to give an introduction and overview of key aspects of implementation of the Water Framework Directive.