Water Quality and Agriculture

Slurry spreading in Co. Monaghan and Guidelines for slurry spreading:

  • Chemical fertiliser on land is prohibited from the 15th September to the 31st January.
  • Slurry or soiled water on land is prohibited from the 15th October to the 31st January.
  • Farmyard manure on land is prohibited from the 1st November to the 31st January.

 

Organic fertiliser or soiled water shall not be applied to land within:

  • 5m of Streams or drains
  • 20m of lakeshores
  • 25m of domestic wells
  • 100-200m of Public water supplies

 

For Explanatory Handbook for Good Agricultural Practice Regulations – Follow the links below:

Explanatory Handbook for Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Waters Regulations 2014 (PDF)
Teagasc – The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Cross compliance – Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

The EC GAP Regulations contain advice and recommendations for farmers as to

  • farmyard management including storage of organic fertilisers
  • nutrient management
  • prevention of water pollution from fertilisers
  • certain activities
  • duties of occupiers
  • role of public authorities
  • soil testing
  • storage periods and closed periods for the application of fertilisers