Changes to Derogation Rules - timely reminders for dairy farmers
Approximately 7,000 farmers are derogation applicants in 2020. The vast majority are dairy farmers. Eight changes will affect you in 2020. George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist tells us more.
Approximately 7,000 farmers are derogation applicants in 2020. The vast majority are dairy farmers. Eight changes will affect you in 2020. By not meeting these new rules you may well not be eligible for derogation.
You may already have a plan in place or need to discuss the changes with your Agri-Advisor and put a plan in place to meet these requirements this year and in the future.
|1.||Compulsory Liming Programme||
|2.||Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS)||2020: Applies to all slurry spread post 15th April
2021 : Applies to all slurry spread post 12th January
|3.||Reduction in Crude Protein % to dairy cows of meals at grass||Livestock with 100% grass diet from 1st April - 15th September
2020: Max of 16% Crude Protein Rations
2021: Max of 15% Crude Protein Rations
The crude protein content is to be recorded on feed statements.
Attendance at compulsory environmental training course
|All farmer applicants must attend an environmental training course.
|5.||Grassland Management||From 1st January 2020 - two options :
|6.||Inclusion of Clover in Grass Seed Mixtures||From 1st January 2020, grass seed mixtures must contain a minimum of 1.5 kg per hectare of naked white or red clover seed in mixture or 2.5kg per hectare of pelleted clover seed.|
|7.||Exclusion of commonage / rough grazing||From 1st January 2020, lands that are declared as Commonage or Rough Grazing on the BPS application will be allocated a maximum of 170 kg organic N per Hectare with resultant reduced allowance of chemical fertiliser.|
|8.||Improve Farm Biodiversity||From 1st January 2020, applicants must choose one of the following: