Know How / NVZs

Farmers with land in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) need to follow the rules on restricted use of nitrogen fertilisers and organic manures and slurry. Get advice on appealing an NVZ designation, how to use sewage sludge safely, how to safeguard drinking water and set up a manure management plan.

Advice and tips

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…

BUSINESS

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…

BUSINESS

What farmers need to know about appealing an NVZ designation

Farmers who are in Nitrate Vulnerable Zone designations in England are being warned they have just 28 days from being notified if they want to make a challenge. Defra is…

LIVESTOCK

How outdoor pig producers can safeguard drinking water

Understanding the risk of producing pigs outdoors in protected drinking water zones is key to safeguarding not only the quality of drinking water, but the future of outdoor pig production.…

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Case studies

LIVESTOCK

Two dairy farmers on meeting NVZ regs to expand herds

Financial and planning considerations generally dictate herd expansion in dairy systems, but for farmers in nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs), environmental regulation can be the principal obstacle to increasing cow numbers.…

NEWS

‘Defra blunder crippled my farm business’

Devon beef and dairy producer Winston Reed has seen the administrators called in at Cleave Farm, Templeton, near Tiverton – despite winning a four-year battle with Defra, which saw the…

LIVESTOCK

Cut slurry volume when expanding your herd

A series of simple and cost-effective changes to slurry and effluent controls have allowed a Welsh dairy farm to reduce its storage requirements post-herd expansion and comply with pollution directives.…

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Insights

NVZS

The rules for arable farming in an NVZ in NI and Scotland

Nitrate vulnerable zones exist to protect the environment against potential pollution from fertiliser and manure applications. Each devolved nation has its own rules – so what do arable farmers need…

NVZS

Welsh farmers reveal crippling costs of new NVZ rules

The clash between farmers and the Welsh government over the new all-Wales nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) is intensifying into one of the most bitter disputes ever waged in the Welsh…

NVZS

The rules for arable farming in an NVZ in England

Nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs) account for about 55% of land in England, making it more likely than not that a farming enterprise is within a designated NVZ. So with NVZs…

COMPLIANCE

Farmers plan nitrate trading system for Poole Harbour

In an innovative solution to protecting wildlife from agricultural nutrients in the Pool Harbour catchment area, farmers are working with the NFU and Wessex Water on a scheme to reduce…

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News

COMPLIANCE

Farmers urged to check NVZ maps as first letters sent

Farmers in England are being urged to check if their land is in a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) – and they will have only 28 days to lodge an appeal.…

NEWS

Deadline looms for all-Wales nitrate vulnerable zone review

Time is running out for Welsh farmers to have their say on the potential impact of the all-Wales nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs). The regulations were implemented in April and saw…

COMPLIANCE

NFU Cymru given green light for NVZ legal challenge

The High Court has given NFU Cymru the green light to challenge the Welsh government’s new rules aimed at controlling agricultural pollution. The union said it had been granted permission…

COMPLIANCE

Fresh hope for Welsh farmers as NVZ rules reviewed

New rules designed to tackle farm pollution in Wales are to be reviewed amid a bitter dispute between farmers and the Welsh government over the new pan-Wales nitrate vulnerable zone…

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