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


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 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…


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…


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


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.…


‘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…


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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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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Still time to apply for 2021 NVZ grassland derogation

Livestock farmers in England who want a 2021 grassland derogation from nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) rules need to act quickly if they have not already done so. The derogation allows…


All-Wales NVZ move condemned as punitive and draconian

Farming unions say they are astonished after the Welsh government published draft regulations for an all-Wales nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) while the country is gripped by the coronavirus epidemic. The…


Minister hints at voluntary NVZ approach in Wales

Plans to curb agricultural pollution by making the whole of Wales a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) could be scaled back. A “whole-territory” approach, which looked set to be introduced on…


Wet weather prompts slurry storage warning

Farmers worried about slurry storage capacity are being urged to speak to the Environment Agency (EA) to reduce pollution risk. The advice comes after one of the wettest autumns on…

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