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Risk Assessment for Manure and Slurry (RAMS) Map

A Risk Assesment for Manure and Slurry (RAMS) map is now a legal requirement for the application of organic fertilisers.  It is important that not only the landowner has a copy of the map, but the contractor who is applying the organic manure must have a copy whilst spreading.

A RAMS map gives an easy to read visual guide to areas of high risk of pollution when spreading organic fertilisers such as slurry, manures, sewage sludge and digestate.   The map will identify no-spread zones, usually around watercourses, lochs, ponds, uncapped wells or boreholes and wetlands as well as high risk areas which might include shallow soil or land that is steeply sloping.  The map should also identify areas used for any temporary field heaps.

A Risk Assessment for Manures and Slurry map infographic showing the fields surrounding a farm steading in traffic light colours to highlight the high risk areas for pollution from the spreading of slurries, manures and fertilisers.

Find out how to draw up your RAMS map

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