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NITRATES REGULATIONS

on Monday, 10 February 2020. Posted in Tillage, Dairy, Beef

Precautions you must take when you are applying fertilisers (Organic and chemical)

In order to prevent waters from being polluted by nitrogen and phosphorus, the Regulations say that you must do the following

  • You must spread livestock manure and other organic fertilisers, effluents and soiled water as accurately and as evenly as you can.
  • You must not use an upward-facing splash plate or sludge irrigator on a tanker or umbilical system for spreading organic fertiliser or soiled water.
  • You must not spread organic fertilisers or soiled water from a road or passageway, even if the road or passageway is on your own holding.
  • You must not spread chemical fertilisers, livestock manure, soiled water or other organic fertilisers when: -
  1. The land is waterlogged; -
  2. The land is flooded, or it is likely to flood; -
  3. The land is frozen, or covered with snow; -
  4. Heavy rain is forecast within 48 hours (you must check the forecasts from Met Éireann).

You must not spread chemical fertilisers, livestock manure, soiled water or other organic fertilisers if the ground has a steep slope and if there is a significant risk of causing pollution. When you are deciding whether there is a risk, you must take into account how close you are to waters, what condition the soil is in, the ground cover and how much rainfall there is or how much rainfall is expected.

You must not spread chemical fertiliser on land within 1.5 metres of a surface watercourse.

This table shows the different buffer zones for different kinds of water bodies (lakes, rivers, wells and so on). You must not spread soiled water, effluents, farmyard manures or other organic fertilisers inside those buffer zones.

Water body/Feature Buffer zone Any water supply source providing 100m3 or more of water per day, or serving 500 or more people 200 metres

 

Any water supply source providing 10m3 or more of water per day, or serving 50 or more people 100 metres

 

Any other water supply for human consumption 25 metres Lake shoreline 20 metres

 

Exposed cavernous or karstified limestone features (such as swallow holes and collapse features) 15 metres

 

Any surface watercourse where the slope towards the watercourse exceeds 10% 10 metres

 

Water body/Feature Buffer zone Any other watercourse 5 metres

 

Any open drain or where the area of land adjacent to the watercourse is a narrow parcel of land less than 50 metres wide and not more than 1 hectare in area 3 metres

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