Take care with slurry storage after flooding

Posted by LindaStenner on January 7, 2020

Take care with slurry storage after flooding

January 07, 2020 at 10:14 AM

Farmers with land affected by the autumn high rainfall should consult The Environment Agency (EA) if they feel that their slurry storage capacity will not be sufficient until the end of the NVZ closed period or until land is suitable for spreading.

The EA has said it will work with farmers to find an outcome that will least damage the environment and has published a guide with options.

“Whilst the EA wants to avoid pollution and soil damage through spreading they also wish to avoid slurry stores over spilling and become sources of pollution too,” said land agent Kathryn Williams at the Oswestry office of Davis Meade Property Consultants.

“If your storage is reaching capacity you should try to reduce the amount of slurry you produce perhaps by decreasing the volume of washing water used, covering livestock areas or using straw bedding.

“Also you could consider temporary slurry storage such as using  unused slurry stores, slurry bags, lined earth banked stores, but check with you local planning authority if you need planning consent for any new structures.”

Full guidance is available at https://herefordshireruralhub.co.uk/slurry-storage-and-spreading-in-times-of-high-rainfall-2019-advice-and-guidance-for-farmers-west-midlands/ or if you are concerned contact your local Midlands EA officer:

Sharon Chisholm: (Shrops, Hereford, Worcs, Gloucs) 020 302 51692 Sharon.chisholm@environment-agency.gov.uk

Helen Cripps: (Staffs, Warwickshire, West Midlands) 020 302 51627 helen.cripps@environment-agency.gov.uk

For further details contact Kathryn Williams at DMPC on 07971 583638 or email kathrynwilliams@dmpcuk.com

 

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