Nitrate Laws Relaxed To Ensure Winter Fodder Supply

IRELAND – Farmers faced with slow growing meadows can benefit from a relaxing of nitrates regulations, Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture has announced.
calendar icon 24 May 2013
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The decision to relax measures in nitrates regulations was made in conjunction with Environment Minister Phil Hogan to avoid more fodder shortages this winter.

Harold Kingston, Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman at the Irish Farmers Association said that after a prolonged winter, the rule change is vital.

“Farmers across the country have had to use exceptional levels of concentrates over the last twelve months, due to the wet weather and poor grass growth during the summer months, and to substitute poor quality silage which was fed during the prolonged winter.

“Grass needs available sources of phosphorous now, to get growth going immediately. This announcement should help to reduce the pressure of further fodder shortages on farms later in the year”.

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