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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What slurry store to consider as NVZ regulations loom

The clock is ticking as the January 2012 deadline looms for the introduction of NVZ regulations. Jeremy Hunt takes a look at some of the storage options available Increasing slurry…

Know your NVZ rules

Farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones who have not yet invested in storage facilities to meet the regulation have only a short window to act. Producers must be aware of the…

NFU pesticides legislation view

In December DEFRA published its response to a consultation on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive, that could have serious implications for UK growers. Tom Allen-Stevens quizzed NFU's Paul Chambers…

Onus on tenants to start NVZ talks

Many farm tenants have yet to begin talks with landlords on obligations to provide investment for extended slurry storage to meet NVZ requirements. Traditional tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act…

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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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NVZ designations drop to 55% of England after appeals

The area of England classified as a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) has dropped from 58% to 55% following a series of successful appeals against a designation by farmers. Defra has…


New soil management and fertiliser rules take effect

Farmers in England are reminded that rules were introduced on 2 April to tackle the problem of diffuse pollution and improve water quality. There are eight new “farming rules for…


Rivers boss calls for fair milk price to cut farm pollution

The public should lobby supermarkets to increase the farmgate milk price by 2-3p/litre to help dairy farmers invest money into farming more environmentally, says a rivers trust boss. Stephen Marsh-Smith,…


Wet weather increases risk of pollution from slurry spreading

Farmers are being urged to plan carefully before spreading manure following persistent wet weather since the summer. The slurry spreading closed period has either already ended or is due to…

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