Department of Agriculture officials have warned farmers who export slurry or dung to other farms to submit their Record 3 forms to Johnstown Castle before December 31 to avoid penalties of up to 20pc of their farm payments.
Each year almost 1,500 farmers are penalised on their payments (single Farm Payment, DAS, REPS 4 and AEOS) for exceeding the 170kg/Ha nitrogen limit.
The penalties range from 1pc to 20pc of their farm payments, depending on how far over the limit the farmer is.
However, farmers can avoid incurring any penalties by exporting slurry or dung to stay within the 170kg/ha nitrogen limit or 250kg/ha limit for farmers who have been granted a derogation.
The Department must be notified of the export of slurry or dung before the end of December because forms received after that will not give nitrates credit.
Record 3 forms are available on the Department website, by emailing email@example.com or by calling the nitrates section on 053-9163444.
The form must be signed by the farmers importing the slurry or dung and this applies to all farmers, whether or not they are registered with the EPA (IPPC licensed).
The only acceptable proof of postage will be a Swift-post receipt or a registered post receipt.