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15th February 2023
All farmers and landowners in Wales need to be aware of the new regulations (formally NVZs) which have been introduced gradually since 2021. They apply to everyone with an agricultural land and an agricultural business, including Landowners who let their land out on grazing licenses and don’t own stock themselves. Failure to comply could result in financial penalties, failed farm assurance checks or prosecution.
Do you know what you need to do to meet the new regulations?
Requirements from 1 January 2023:
From 30 April 2023 all holdings will need to demonstrate on the Nutrient Management Plan that they are not exceeding 170kg of Nitrogen per hectare (including fertiliser spread on the land and direct excreta from grazing stock)
Requirements from 1st August 2024:
Closed Periods for spreading Inorganic fertiliser (from 1st April 2021)
|15 September to 15 January
|1 September to 15 January
Closed Periods for spreading slurry (from 1st August 2024)
|Sandy or shallow soil
|1 September to 31 December
|1 August to 31 December
|All other soils
|15 October to 15 January
|1 October to 31 January
How can we help?
We can assist in the creation of Risk Maps and Nutrient Management Plans to help you meet the requirements and calculate your Nitrogen limit and storage requirements. If you cannot meet these then we can assist by finding other land to spread on, planning applications for manure stores, and grant advice to aid you financially. Alternatively, if you are under the Nitrogen limit then there may be opportunity to earn some money from your land by selling Spreading Rights to others who are struggling on their own land.
For more advice please contact your nearest office:
Welshpool: 01938 554499 Clare Williams or Amy Thomas
Carmarthen: 07498 717778 Gail Jenkins
Oswestry/Shrewsbury: Head office 01691 655334 Richard Corbett, Rosina Riddle or Philippa Maddocks