Farmers more aware of benefits of spreading slurries and manures

Farmer Duncan McNicol of Kippendavie Mains, Dunblane feeding his suckling cattle after a heavy snow fall in Perthshire'Picture ALLAN MILLIGAN date taken 6th February 2001 (electronic image)
Farmer Duncan McNicol of Kippendavie Mains, Dunblane feeding his suckling cattle after a heavy snow fall in Perthshire'Picture ALLAN MILLIGAN date taken 6th February 2001 (electronic image)

Farmers are now more aware of the benefits of spreading manures and slurries at a time when crops can utilise the nutrients.

This is mainly as a result of increased fertiliser costs and the cost of spreading in unsuitable conditions both through wasted fuel and time as well as a hefty fine if caught.

It is not just slurries and manures spread on the field which causes diffuse pollution; as more farmers move to later grazing or out- wintering of cattle, attention to the selection of fields and positioning of the feeders within the fields can reduce the potential for a pollution incident to occur.

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