Farming & Fisheries

Nitrates meeting to discuss potential damage to incomes

August 25th, 2021 11:55 AM

By Southern Star Team

It’s estimated that approximately 65L of water is used per cow per day to wash down a parlour. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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THE IFA is hosting an online farmer meeting to discuss the nitrate regulations consultation this Thursday, August 19th at 8pm.

There will be brief presentations from IFA senior policy staff, Geraldine O’Sullivan and Aine O’Connell, followed by an open discussion where farmers can put forward their views.

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IFA environment chairman Paul O’Brien said there are over 20 proposals outlined in the draft nitrates consultation, yet farm income isn’t mentioned once.

‘Many of the proposals, if agreed, would significantly damage family farm incomes. IFA will be highlighting this in its submission.

Farmers will do more to protect water quality on farms, but adequate supports need to be put in place to make this happen,’ he said.

IFA dairy chairman Stephen Arthur said the soiled water proposal prohibiting the spread of soiled water for an eight-week period is far too onerous on dairy farmers, particularly those operating split calving systems.

‘In December and January, it’s estimated that approximately 65L of water is used per cow per day to wash down the parlour.

‘Placing an eight-week storage period on farms, compared to the existing requirement of 10-15 days, would require farmers to increase their soiled water capacity sixfold for a typical 100 cow herd. This is an added expense of €20-30,000 which the Department expects farmers to incur within a 12-month period. This is simply unacceptable.’

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