Belfast Telegraph

Farmers facing slurry penalties

By Linda Stewart

Farmers have been warned to get their slurry spreading done before the start of the closed season — or face tighter farm pollution rules.

The Ulster Farmers’ Union warned that slurry must be spread over the next few weeks in the lead-up to October 15. But a wet summer has led to challenging ground and grazing conditions.

“While we recognise that spreading will be difficult unless conditions improve, it is important that farmers understand that spreading during the closed period is a breach of rules,” warned UFU Environment Committee chairman James Brown.

“Only those farmers with a genuine excuse will be exempt from Single Farm Payment penalties.”

Europe will be keeping a close eye on Northern Ireland’s compliance this winter as officials already have concerns, he said.

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