Poultry units need extra 750ac under Nitrates rules
POULTRY producers will need access to an extra 750ac of slurry spread lands each to meet with nitrates regulations from January 1.
Transport costs for the removal of slurry and chicken litter are also set to rise to €56,000/farm from €14,000, a Teagasc meeting in Cavan on Thursday night was told.
IFA national poultry chairman Alo Mohan claimed that unless the present derogation for slurry spreading for the pig and poultry sectors was extended, 14,000 jobs were in danger.
"This would render the broiler industry closed in Ireland," Mr Mohan claimed.
"Already we have higher wages and costs than our counterparts in the North so we're finding it very hard to compete."
The derogation, which allows pig and poultry farmers to spread slurry up to the 170kg organic nitrogen limit without having to take account of the phosphorous content, ends on December 31.
Mr Mohan said the IFA figures were based on an average poultry farm with 100,000 birds.
Figures relating to the pig sector, which have been verified by Teagasc, show producers will have an additional 50pc land requirement.