The Department of Agriculture and Department of Housing have announced a one-month extension to the deadline by which derogation farmers must have 50% of the their slurry spread.
The date is extended from 15 June to 15 July 2018 and thereafter the remainder of slurry must be spread by low-emission technology.
IFA National Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the extension saying, “It has been an extremely difficult winter and spring for farmers and livestock. This extension provides for the fact that it would not be possible for many farmers to meet the original deadline.”
He added, “In addition, it must be taken into consideration that many farmers, since learning earlier this year of the new low-emission spreading technology requirement, have placed orders with manufacturers and are struggling to get the required equipment.”