Sheep dipping campaign urges care to avoid pollution penalties

The NFU is reminding farmers to “stop every drop” when it comes to preventing pollution, as the sheep dipping season approaches on farm.

The campaign, which was first developed in 2006, is a joint stakeholder initiative aimed at helping farmers and contractors develop best practice for sheep dipping.

Farmers have a strong interest in self-regulating the process and obtaining disposal licences before dipping to ensure they remain the right side of compliance, says NFU livestock board chairman, Alistair Mackintosh.

“It enables farmers to retain access to a wide range of treatments, as well as preventing pollution and to avoid penalties to SPS payments under cross-compliance rules,” he adds.