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

Practical advice

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Changing land use – what farmers need to know

Farmers must follow legal procedures before changing the use of any land classified as uncultivated or semi-natural. The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations protect uncultivated or semi-natural land from changes in…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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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…


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…


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…