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

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

Glamorgan farmers fear NVZ rules will force them to destock

A Glamorgan beef and sheep farming couple are worried they will have to give up keeping cattle unless the Welsh government reverses its decision to impose a “draconian” nitrate vulnerable…

COMPLIANCE

NFU Cymru launches legal challenge over 'damaging' NVZ rules

NFU Cymru has launched a legal challenge against the Welsh government’s new rules to control agricultural pollution. Lawyers acting on behalf of the union have issued proceedings in the High…

COMPLIANCE

NFU Cymru to launch legal action over farm pollution rules

NFU Cymru is to launch a legal challenge against the Welsh government’s new rules to limit the use of slurry and fertiliser on farmland to tackle river pollution across Wales.…

COMPLIANCE

Look again at voluntary NVZ approach, advise Welsh Tories

The Welsh Conservatives have launched an eleventh-hour bid to reverse government plans to that would limit the use of slurry and fertiliser on farmland to tackle river pollution. Shadow rural…

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