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Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales Storage Are You Ready?


Leading agricultural and environmental consultancy, ADAS is helping livestock farmers and landowners in Welsh NVZ designated areas to ensure that they are able to meet the 1st January 2012 deadline to have sufficient slurry storage in place.  In Wales, a grant offering up to 40% of capital cost is available from the Welsh Assembly Government through the Catchment Sensitive Farming Scheme.

Gary Owen of ADAS said: Farmers needing additional storage have to make a start in planning to meet this deadline.  To get a new store in place means deciding on the size of store required, the best design option for it, agreeing the principle of the store with the Environment Agency, obtaining planning consent etc.  It may not sound much but it is.  Cattle will be housed from October onwards and ideally facilities need to be in by that time.

The regulations require farms to have space for 6 months slurry storage for pigs and poultry and 5 months for other livestock slurry.  Careful calculations are needed to get to the correct amounts of storage required and ADAS can help with these.  The calculations and regulations required for slurry storage are set out in the Welsh Assembly Governments NVZ workbook.

Gary continued: ADAS specialists can advise on ways to reduce the amount of slurry storage required without reducing stock numbers.  This is where the ADAS NVZ Solutions DeliveredTM service can really help.  Our specialist advisors can visit the farm and look first at reducing slurry production and the exclusion of rain and yard water from stores.  The ADAS team have a lot of experience at this and it can make thousands of pounds of difference in the construction costs

ADAS can also help to ensure that other aspects of the NVZ Regulations are complied with and that farms are fully documented, helping ensure that farmers will not face other financial penalties for breaching Single Farm Payment cross compliance rules.  ADAS also has specialist store designers and planners who can follow on with plans, costings and obtaining planning consents.

Farmers in Wales are very lucky compared to their colleagues across the border said Gary.  Not only do we have the capital grant scheme, but much of the advice relating to NVZ regulations can be 80% funded through Farming Connect for eligible businesses.  For more information on advice available through Farming Connect, please contact the Service Centre on 08456 000 813.

“After a year when not a great deal of interest in the grant scheme occurred from farmers there are now many who are looking to push on and get stores in.  My worry is to ensure all who need a new store have the opportunity to take advantage of the scheme and get help with installing one.

For further information on NVZs and the Catchment Sensitive Farming Scheme capital grants you can contact ADAS on 01824 704060.


About ADAS

ADAS is the companys registered trading name and is not an acronym.

ADAS provides independent science-based research, consultancy and contracting services to a wide range of organisations in both the private and public sectors, throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally.  ADASs core disciplines are focused around the food chain and the interaction of man with the living, growing environment and ensuring its future sustainability.  Through Envar the Group provides innovative waste management solutions that deliver value and profit from a range of waste materials.  The Group has over 700 staff covering more than 60 specialisms, operating from a network of offices and research sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

About Farming Connect

Farming Connect is an integrated, Wales-wide scheme for farm and forestry businesses in Wales. First set up in 2001, a new range of services was launched by the Welsh Assembly Government in June 2008. It is funded through the Rural Development Plan 2007-2013 which is financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Working closely with its partner organisations, the scheme provides an accessible and flexible range of services including one-to-one support, knowledge, expertise, training and advisory services tailored to individual need. Many services are fully funded, and others are subsidised by 80% for all eligible farmers. All of them help farmers to run their businesses more efficiently.

For further information on Farming Connect contact the Service Centre on

08456 000 813

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