Common questions

What is the law on slurry spreading?

What is the law on slurry spreading?

Under Rule 1 of the Farming Rules for Water, farmers will be permitted to spread slurry or manure in autumn if there is no pollution risk, as the EA confirms it has relaxed enforcement rules until the end of February 2022. “Of course, water quality should never be compromised.

When can you spread muck on fields?

Spreading often takes place late winter before summer planting and late summer / early autumn following harvest. It can also happen at other times of the year when weather conditions are suitable.

Are you allowed to burn horse manure?

The open burning of manure is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Clean Air Act, 1993 and SHOULD NOT be done.

Why is there a slurry ban?

Due to an increased concern about high ammonia emissions and harm to the environment when using splash plates, new regulations may see a total ban on this piece of equipment by 2025. Scotland produces more than 6.3m tonnes of slurry each year, half of which comes from the dairy industry.

When can I spread slurry in 2021?

Slurry spreading period begins next week 08 January 2021 Free. Farmers are also reminded that they cannot spread organic fertilisers or soiled water from a road or passageway.

Why do farmers spread slurry?

Spreading slurry with a trailing shoe, dribble bar or injector system can reduce the ammonia emissions, increase nitrogen value, reduce odours and grass contamination while allowing more flexibility regarding spreading time. Slurry can be a valuable asset on a farm, but only if managed correctly.

How do you muck spread?

Muck spreading

  1. use a band spreader or injector to apply slurry.
  2. otherwise, use broadcast equipment with a low trajectory and large droplets.
  3. if solid manure, it should be incorporated as soon as possible and at the latest within 24 hours.

Is human waste used for muck spreading?

Human urine and faecal matter are a rich source of essential plant nutrients. Historically, human excreta, ‘nightsoils’, were collected from towns and villages and spread in raw or composted form on fields in the surrounding farmland.

How do you dispose of muck heaps?

A non-permanent muck heap is usually a trailer. Once full, it can be taken away by a farmer or tipped on a designated area of the land. It can then be left to rot down and used as fertiliser.

Why do farmers spread muck?

Muck spreading has been an integral part of farming and food production for centuries but there is no way of avoiding the downside – it smells! The basic principal is simple: manures and composted materials are returned to the soil to add fertility, improve soil structure and to grow new crops.

Are farmers allowed to spread slurry?

In order to comply with cross compliance and environmental regulations farmers cannot spread chemical fertilisers, livestock manure, soiled water or other organic fertilisers when: The land is waterlogged. The land is flooded, or it is likely to flood. The land is frozen, or covered with snow.

What are the rules and regulations on muck heaps?

It would not be anywhere near houses and would be taken away before it gets too big, there would only be poo picking muck from two horses but i heard that there are regulations on muckheaps and you sometimes have to apply for planning permission??!! – not sure, any advice greatly appreciated.

Do you need a muck heap for a horse?

Unless it has a run off somewhere near a watercourse, farmyard manure (which horse muck heap is classed as) doesn’t need to be contained in any particular way… as far as I know, anyway. Safely tucked away…

Can a muck heap be a problem for Neighbours?

Neighbours can be a problem, but I was told by my local council that as long as the muck heap is kept at a sensible size, doesn’t create too much smell, is away from any water sources and is 100 metres or more away from neighbouring houses then they shouldn’t be a problem. They can also be used to fertilize your own land, or removed when necessary.

How does a muck heap affect the environment?

A muck heap however will just leach polluting substances into the ground and eventually these can end up in the water environment be that surface or groundwaters – Hence moving it from time to time to stop the ground being saturated. Safely tucked away… yes, I suspect that is the case.