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With a high importance placed on Scotland’s water quality, how we manage land is key to protecting and improving our water resources.

Reducing diffuse pollution risks can benefit your business in a number of ways, for example making better use of nutrients in slurry and manure or an improvement in livestock health through River and river bankcleaner drinking water supplies.

It can also help you to stay on the right side of the Regulations and protect farm payments, whilst protecting surrounding water quality.


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    News

    Water – Waste not, want not!

    Even before we entered the driest six month period since 1984 this summer, water use on farms was starting to be mentioned as one of the assessment criteria to be…

    River and river bank

    Priority catchment awareness meeting; Lothian Priority Catchments – Event summary

    Reducing diffuse pollution risks can help you to stay on the right side of the Regulations and protect farm payments, whilst protecting surrounding water quality. Often driven by rainfall or…

    Farming and Water Scotland at the Arran soil & drainage event

    Managing water on your farm – Arran: event summary

    This meeting focused on improving drainage and reducing compaction in soils to improve productivity and efficiency whilst also improving water quality. A small but enthusiastic group of farmers turned out…

    Soils, drainage & grassland, Shetland – Event summary

    Grass has a key role in sustaining ruminant livestock production The day consisted of a mix of outdoor practical sessions, indoor presentations and discussions aiming to help farmers understand how…

    Soil Management & River Dee Priority Catchment Update: Event summary

    This was an interactive workshop looking at soil management and the River Dee Priority Catchment results. The day started with Pete Wright from SEPA explaining the findings found on farm…

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    Events

    Farming and Water Scotland merchandise

    Farming & Water Scotland – Aberdeen Christmas Classic

    We are going to be at a number of agricultural shows and events this year. Visit the Farming and Water Scotland stand to hear how other farmers have reduced diffuse…

    Farming and Water Scotland merchandise

    Farming & Water Scotland – AgriScot

    We are going to be at a number of agricultural shows and events this year. Visit the Farming and Water Scotland stand to hear how other farmers have reduced diffuse…

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    Farming & Water Scotland – LiveScot

    We are going to be at a number of agricultural shows and events this year. Visit the Farming and Water Scotland stand to hear how other farmers have reduced diffuse…

    A Practical Approach to NVZs & Cross Compliance – Huntly

    This meeting will look at taking a practical approach to NVZ record keeping and what is required at a farm inspection.   Business efficiency can be improved by careful planning for…

    Farming and Water Scotland merchandise

    Farming & Water Scotland – Scottish Smallholder Festival, Forfar

    We are going to be at a number of agricultural shows and events this year. Visit the Farming and Water Scotland stand to hear how other farmers have reduced diffuse…

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    Publications

    Farmer’s guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost – Zero Waste Scotland

    Farmer’s guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost – Zero Waste Scotland

    TN699: Agricultural use of biosolids composts anaerobic digestates and other industrial organic fertilisers

    TN699: Agricultural use of biosolids composts anaerobic digestates and other industrial organic fertilisers

    Practical Guide: Improving water margins for biodiversity and multiple benefits – Livestock farms

    Practical Guide: Improving Water Margins for biodiversity and Multiple benefits – Livestock farms

    Practical Guide: Improving water margins for biodiversity and multiple benefits – Arable farms

    Practical Guide: Improving Water Margins for biodiversity and Multiple benefits – Arable farms  

    TN688: Management and Conservation for Farmland Waders

      Summary: Although they are still relatively widespread and common, farmland waders are among the highest conservation priorities in Scotland. This is because four out of the five species have…

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    Downloads

    Farmer’s guide to sourcing and using digestate and compost

    Thinking of using digestate or compost? This guide from Zero Waste Scotland in association with NFUS can help you choose the right product. The guidance gives you key questions to ask to support you through the process of sourcing and using compost and digestate to help make sure the materials will meet your requirements.

    Managing water on your farm – Arran: presentation slides

    These are the presentation slides used by Seamus Donnelly during the Managing water on your farm event held on Arran during July 2018

    Nutrients, structure & drainage for grass – presentation slides from Gavin Elrick

    These are the presentation slides used by Gavin Elrick during the ‘Soils, drainage & grassland – Shetland’ event held in July 2018

    Soil management for grassland – presentation slides from David Lawson

    This is a copy of the presentation slides used by SRUC’s David Lawson during the ‘Soils, drainage & Grassland – Shetland’ event in July 2018

    Info note – Hot weather July2018

    Information Note – Summer 2018: Hot weather and potential risks to livestock health and welfare

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