Alternative watering, a follow up event – Cogarth * * * POSTPONED * * *

* * * Unfortunately this event has been postponed * * *

This is a follow-up meeting to the on farm event held at Cogarth on the 8th March 2018 courtesy of John Nelson

Following the introduction of the Diffuse Pollution General Binding Rules (DPGBRs) in 2008, significant livestock poaching and erosion within 5m of a watercourse can, in some instances, trigger enforcement action from SEPA. As a result of these regulations, many businesses are faced with the option of fencing off watercourses or having to manage grazing livestock in such a way as to reduce the risk of poaching.

One means of reducing the risk of poaching is to introduce alternative watering systems at remote sites where mains water supply is not feasible. This approach was adopted by John and Andrew Nelson at Cogarth Farm, Castle Douglas with the installation of a solar powered trough and a papa pump at two different sites. Come along to hear if the equipment worked as planned in what turned out to be one of the driest summers in recent history. The day will include:


  • Jackie McColm & Bruce McCleary, SEPA
  • Jim Campbell, SAC
  • Robert Ramsay, SAC
  • Graham Bell, Stewartry Vets


  • Priority catchment area inspections
  • Alternative watering equipment
  • Animal health considerations
  • See the installations at Cogarth
  • Hear what worked and what didn’t

If you’d like to find out more about this meeting please call the FAS Helpline (0300 323 0161) and ask to speak to Alastair Beattie.

Please use the booking form below to secure your place and help us to arrange catering.