Over 7000 farmers are in a nitrates derogation, the majority of these are dairy farmers. The new rules applied to the derogation this year insist that farmers in a derogation must have over 50% of their slurry spread by the 15th June this June. Given the spring farmers have had many farmers will find it impossible to abide by this rule.
ICMSA are calling on the Department to adopt a common-sense approach and extend this deadline. “Only now are farmers finding their feet, but grass growth is still well behind and the silage growing season will be delayed despite our best efforts” said Mr. Denis Drennan, Chairman of the Farm and Rural Affairs Committee “we want to use our slurry effectively and apply it after the first cut of silage. There’s no point in spreading slurry on heavy covers just to meet a calendar date”. We are looking for the deadline to be extended by one month. We need to build silage stock for next year and many will be banking on a bumper second cut to replenish stocks. Spreading slurry after the first cut is an ideal time to get the vast bulk of the slurry out this year and should give the second cut the extra boost it needs, concluded Mr. Drennan.
Ends 16 May 2018.
Denis Drennan, 086-8389401
Chairperson ICMSA Farm & Rural Affairs Committee
ICMSA Head Office (061) 314677.