Skip to content

Efficient use of Nutrients & NVZ Compliance, Dumfries – event summary

11 September 2017

NVZ’s, Nutrients & Cross Compliance

This was the first in a series of 3 meetings covering nutrient management and NVZ compliance within the Dumfries & Galloway area and was held at SRUC’s Crichton Royal Farm.

The meeting started with an introduction from Alastair Beattie who discussed the rules and requirements on  NVZ plan completion. This included RAMS map preparation, organic manure storage requirement, N farm loading limits and Nmax limits.  After a short break, Sam Henderson covered NVZ records before discussing common breach problems and how to prevent.  You can read the presentations from Alastair & Sam here.

Key Messages

  1. Ensure NVZ management plans are prepared by the 1st of March each year and contain:Group of people in a meeting room
    • RAMS map
    • Calculation and record of storage capacity for livestock manure (if applicable)
    • Calculation and record of 170kg N/ha farm loading limit
    • An Nmax calculation for each crop type
  2. Ensure the 250kg N/ha organic manure field application limit is not breached. This limit applies to all organic manures including slurry and FYM which is applied within a 12 month period.  Its is important to establish the total nitrogen content of manure being applied as it is total N which is used determine the application limit.
  3. Check field soil types to ensure the correct closed periods are being used.  To check soil type visit
  4. Solid manure can be stored in temporary field heaps for no longer than 12 months. Site of temporary field heap cannot be reused for 24 months.  Field middens cannot be sited within 10m of a watercourse.  See more information on diffuse pollution prevention measures at where you can download the Know The Rules guides, or find details of how to order your printed copy, including the ‘Mind The Gap’ tractor cab sticker.
  5. There is a quantative restriction of 30m3/ha (2,670 gallons/acre) in place from 4 weeks prior to the relevant closed period and from the day following the last day of the closed period until the 14th of February.

Information leaflets provided at this meeting are available to download below.


Two further workshops have been scheduled as part of this series of meetings.  They will focus on the use of PLANET Scotland software as a nutrient management package.  For details on these meetings please see the event webpage here.


Related Downloads
NVZ Inspection – initial assessment checklist
Topics: Water Management
RPID Inspector guidance brief for NVZ’s
Topics: Water Management
NVZ Grassland Derogation application form
Topics: Water Management
The Grassland Derogation (NVZ’s) – Guidance for Farmers booklet
SMR 1 – Nitrate vulnerable zones
The aim of SMR 1 rules is to reduce the pollution of waters caused or induced by nitrates from agricultural sources and to prevent such pollution occurring in the future.
Topics: Rural Business
GAEC 3 – Protection of groundwater against pollution
The aim of GAEC 3 rules is to protect groundwater against pollution.
Topics: Rural Business
GAEC 4 – Minimum soil cover
The aim of GAEC 4 rules is to protect soil against erosion after harvest until the end of winter (winter is up to and including the last day of February).
Topics: Rural Business
GAEC 6 – Maintenance of soil organic matter
The aim of GAEC 6 rules is to maintain soil organic matter levels.
Topics: Rural Business
GAEC 7 – Retention of landscape features
The aim of GAEC 7 rules is to protect landscape features.
Topics: Rural Business
dung heap

Sign up to the FAS newsletter

Receive updates on news, events and publications from Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service