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Alternative Watering Meeting: Dumfriesshire – Event summary

8 March 2018

Following the introduction of the Diffuse Pollution General Binding Rules (DP GBRs) in 2008, significant livestock poaching and erosion within 5m of a watercourse is no longer acceptable.

This meeting showcased the alternative watering equipment being installed by John and Andrew Nelson at Cogarth Farm, Castle Douglas, with financial support from Scottish A presentation being given in a farm shed. A group of people seated, watching and listening to a person leading a discussion with a whiteboard behind them showing a power point presentation.Government.

The event was opened by Alistair Beattie from SAC Consulting in Dumfries.  He explained that Cogarth Farm was one of two Scottish host farms showcasing alternative watering equipment.  John & Andrew Nelson’s interest in the project was driven by recent diffuse pollution priority catchment visits in their area.

Jackie McColm, SEPA, provided an update on the priority catchment work within the Stewartry Coastal area.  You can read Jackie’s presentation slides here.

Robert Ramsay, Farming & Water Scotland, showed delegates examples of alternative pumping systems that can be used on farm to fill toughs e.g. solar and papa pumps.  RoRobert Ramsay with Farming and Water Scotland showing farmers the different types of water pump available to use as an alternative water sourcebert gave a run down of the pros and cons of the different systems and explained how sites may lend themselves better to one over the other.

Jim Campbell, SAC Consulting, gave a detailed presentation on the site topography at Cogarth Farm, explaining why the installed equipment had been chosen.

Later in the afternoon there was a farm walk to see the papa pump and solar powered water troughs in situ and there was good general discussion between delegates and our guest speakers.

 

Information sheets available during the meeting are available to download from the links below.  For more informatiFarming & Water Scotland Logoon on ways to prevent diffuse pollution or to read more about the Diffuse Pollution Priority Catchment works, please visit the Farming & Water Scotland webpage.

 

Related Downloads
SEPA Diffuse Pollution Priority Catchment Work Update – Dumfriesshire Alternative Watering Event
These are the presentation slides used by Jackie McColm, SEPA, during the Alternative Watering event in Dumfriesshire
Topics: Water Management
Technical note (TN665): Alternative watering for field grazed livestock I – abstraction systems
This Technical Note presents two different abstraction point designs to supply an alternative watering system, based on findings from Scottish Government funded trial work on three farms in Scotland.
Topics: Livestock and Water Management
Technical note (TN666): Alternative watering for field grazed livestock II – pumping systems
This Technical Note looks at the use of three alternative watering systems, based on findings from Scottish Government funded trial work on three farms in Scotland.
Topics: Livestock and Water Management
A ram pump in situ in a field

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