Slurry And Livestock Manure Spreading Deadline In Clare Is Extended
Clare farmers unable to spread slurry on their land due to the inclement weather conditions of the past few months have been handed a four-week extension of the deadline for the spreading of livestock manure.
[ClickPress, Mon Nov 03 2008] The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in consultation with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, this week announced the temporary measure.
“I warmly welcome the decision to extend the period for the spreading of livestock manure, which includes both farmyard manure and slurry”, stated Mr. Tony Killeen T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
He continued, “The Department originally extended until 31st October the period within which farmers could spread livestock manure and hoped that this would allow farmers the opportunity to complete landspreading activities that, for reasons beyond their control, had been curtailed due to the exceptional weather conditions we had experienced. Unfortunately, this has proven not to be the case, and given the recent weather conditions, the original extension has proven totally inadequate and the justification that applied for an extension two weeks ago is equally applicable this week.”
“This week’s announcement by the Government represents an extension in time only. All landspreading activity is conditional on weather and ground conditions being suitable as set out in the Nitrates Regulations. Livestock manures or any fertilisers may not be landspread when, for example, land is waterlogged, flooded or likely to flood, frozen or if heavy rain is forecast within 48 hours. Buffer zones are specified for different kinds of water bodies and fertilisers may not be applied within those buffer zones”, added Minister of State Killeen.
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