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Nitrates and Derogation Information Meetings

Teagasc is hosting a series of Nitrates and Derogation information meetings for farmers and the wider Agri-professional community. These events are nationwide in each of the Teagasc advisory regions, with presentations from local Teagasc staff.

Nitrates and Derogation Information Meetings

Head of the Teagasc Advisory Programme, Thomas Curran said; “There have been a number of changes to the Nitrates Action Plan over the past number of years and these topics will be covered in detail at the meetings around the country. It is critical that both dairy and drystock farmers attend these meetings as many of the changes impact on any farmer stocked at over 130 kilograms per hectare (Kg/ha) of organic nitrogen.  Teagasc advisors will help farmers to plan their business to adapt to the upcoming changes by providing the latest information.” 

The role that farming can play in maintaining and improving water quality will be addressed by Teagasc Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) advisors.  They are working with farmers in a free and confidential advisory service to help improve water quality and they will outline the detail of the EU Water Framework Directive along with the latest results on National and local water quality.

Teagasc Environment Specialist, Tim Hyde said; “Changes to the Nitrates Action Plan since 2020 to 2022 will be highlighted and how these changes impact on all farms in the country. Many changes have been made including new soil sampling rules, reduction in chemical fertiliser limits, soiled water storage periods, Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS), Dairy Cow banding and Tillage changes.”

Derogation requirements for 2022 and 2023 will also be outlined as the cow banding may increase stocking rates on some dairy farms, which may push an additional 2,000 farms into derogation in 2023.

The series of meetings commenced last Friday and run until 8 February across 18 venues. View dates and locations for these events here. All farmers are welcome.