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Defra publishes advice on spreading and storing slurry during COVID-19

27th Apr 2020 / By Alistair Driver

Defra has published advice on spreading slurry and milk and story slurry during the COVID-19 epidemic. 

It applies where farmers cannot comply with regulatory requirements for spreading slurry or milk, or storing slurry, if your supply chain is disrupted due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In these circumstances, and provided you meet the conditions in the document, farmers will not be expected to:

  • Meet the full building standard requirements and notification requirements of the Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil Regulations (SSAFO) to store additional slurry
  • Only spread waste milk on the same area in any four week period as required under the U10 waste exemption
  • Spread in line with your planned farm nutrient management plan required under Farming Rules for Water - Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution (England) Regulations 2018

The document outlines what farmers will be required to do in these circumstances, including keeping records of staff absences or supply chain disruption.

The document can be viewed in the Members Area as part our special COVID-19 section, including all the advice you need from NPA, the Government and more.

Members can Click here to view

We have also added a new document providing advice on COVID-19 isolation in many languages, which coud be useful for staff.