Grassland Derogation Guidance & Forms
The Scottish Government has been successful in securing a derogation from the NVZ Action Programme (Scotland) Regulations 2008 in relation to the 170 kg/ha limit on nitrogen from organic manures.
The Nitrates Directive limits the total amount of nitrogen (N) from livestock manure (including that deposited by grazing animals) that can be applied on a farm to 170kg of nitrogen per hectare per year. The derogation allows farms that meet certain conditions, to apply up to a maximum of 250kg of nitrogen per hectare per year.
To be eligible to apply for the derogation a farm must meet the following criteria:
- 80% of the agricultural area of the farm must be grassland (grassland is defined in the guidance booklet)
- Farmers will need to apply each year to the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate
- An application limit of 250kg of nitrogen per hectare per year from manure from 'grazing livestock' (cattle, sheep, deer and goats)
- Livestock manures may not be spread on grassland that is to be cultivated in the autumn
- Grassland on sandy soils must only be cultivated in the spring
- Ploughed grass must be followed by a crop with a high nitrogen requirement
- The crop rotation must not include leguminous or other plants which fix atmospheric nitrogen. This will not apply to clover in grassland with less than 50% clover or to other legumes that are under-sown with grass
- The results of nitrogen and phosphorus analysis in soil shall be available for each farm benefiting from a derogation. Sampling and analysis must be carried out at least once every four years
- A phosphorus fertilisation plan must be prepared for each field
Application forms and guidance
Applications must be made annually by 30th April.
Guidance for Farmers Booklet & Associated Tables
Derogation application form
Page updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015