STOCK FARMERS in the south west of England are being urged to apply for the Farm Waste Grants Scheme before the Aug 31 deadline.

The 40% grants are available to producers in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone to help them build new or better manure and slurry handling and storage facilities.

Sonia Thurley from the Environment Agency said there were eligible dairy farms in the new NVZs with less than week‘s storage.

“On these farms muck spreading is an unproductive winter waste disposal activity which carries the risk of pollution,” she said.

“We appreciate that creating new storage represents a big investment, even with a grant.

“But having more storage means that muck spreading becomes a productive, planned operation to fertilise a growing crop.”

For more details of the Farm Waste Grants Scheme visit DEFRA‘s website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/water/quality/nitrate.