Know How / Compliance

Farmers have to comply with an ever-changing array of financial, planning, environmental, animal welfare, safety and employment legislation.

This page will guide you through the maze of rules and regulations, highlight when new ones are being introduced and offer advice on how to avoid common pitfalls.

Key areas of focus:

  • Environmental permits and licenses
  • NVZs
  • Cross-compliance
  • Farm inspections
  • Cattle movement and transport

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NVZS

What farmers need to do to use sewage sludge safely

The UK water industry generates well over 1m tonnes of sewage sludge each year, the bulk of which is treated and recycled on to land as a fertiliser and to…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

8 new rules for water and what they mean for farmers

From April 2018 livestock farmers in England must comply with a new set of farming rules for water. There are eight rules, five about managing fertilisers and manures and three…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Key cross-compliance and greening dates by region

The list of cross-compliance and greening rules farmers need to follow is long and life is made even more complicated by the fact each of the devolved regions has slightly…

ENVIRONMENT

Plastic pollution focuses farms on treatment of waste

The image of waste plastic bobbing around on the ocean during an episode of the last series of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series put a new spotlight on to the…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How to reduce pressure on slurry stores and build new ones

Slurry and manure storage is often a limiting factor when expanding your herd size or housing stock for longer. But there are ways to reduce the pressure on existing storage…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Rule reminder: Child safety on farm

Keeping children away from dangers at work isn't a problem in most professions, but for those who live on farms and have children, extra awareness is paramount. It can be…

ENVIRONMENT

New Welsh water abstraction licences explained

Sweeping changes to rules controlling the volume of water abstracted by farm boreholes in Wales mean that most must now be licensed to continue operating. Until now, farmers in large…

WHEAT

Video: How 3 farmers spruced up their spray stores

Having the right spray store set-up will help growers stay on the right side of the law, keep valuable spray stocks safe from criminals and save spray operators a significant…

ENVIRONMENT

The new water rules for farmers in England explained

All farmers in England will need to follow a new set of ‘Farming Rules for Water’ from April 2018. Farm consultant Phil Cooper, a member of the Farm Consultancy Group,…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Business Clinic: Manure management plan advice

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Savills’ Stephen Lockwood advises on manure management plans. Q As an…

LIVESTOCK

Expert advice: What happens if my herd fails a TB test?

TB is a growing threat for cattle farmers, with many farms encountering breakdowns for the first time as the disease spreads further north. But what does it mean if your…

PIGS

10 ways to cut water pollution on an outdoor pig unit

Soil management planning should be a key consideration for pig producers looking to take up a tenancy of new land for outdoor pigs or those moving pigs to a new…

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NEWS

Gove's new farm pollution controls: The details and reaction

Stricter controls are to be imposed on fertiliser, manure and slurry applications under government plans to improve UK air quality. Dairy and beef farms are among the sectors that will…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Handy guide to key cross-compliance dates 2018

Defra has released a calendar of key dates in 2018 to help farmers in England avoid making cross-compliance breaches. Cross-compliance rules apply to all basic payment scheme claimants and are…

LIVESTOCK

Current UK TB rules - and what's coming next

Defra and its devolved counterparts have announced a series of tougher bovine TB rules in the past 12 months in a bid to control the disease, which continues to see…