Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 March 2018

No extension is given for slurry spread closure

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

There will be no further extensions to the closing date for slurry spreading, despite the pleas from the farm organisations for greater flexibility.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney confirmed that he had asked the Department of the Environment for another extension and that they had flatly rejected his request.

"They were very opposed to even extending it the first time and there is just no way that they will agree to any further extensions," Mr Coveney said at the Macra na Feirme conference in Cork at the weekend.

He accepted that farmers in the Border county region had been severely affected by adverse weather over the last number of weeks but added that the matter was now out of his hands.

The ICMSA has called for a revamp of the closed periods for slurry spreading. ICMSA deputy president John Comer said that farmers should instead be allowed to spread slurry during the so-called 'closed' period when Met Eireann forecasts at least five consecutive dry days during which the soil temperatures remain above 4°C and soil moisture content stays above field capacity.

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