The Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) has offered farmers a great opportunity to make the move to low emission slurry spreading (LESS) technology. In terms of slurry application methods, the writing has been on the wall for some time now, and policy is only going in one direction.

The Government’s recently unveiled new Nitrates Action Programme included tighter restrictions on spreading dates, banning of soiled water spreading in December, new rules for slurry spreading in October and the introduction of mandatory LESS, even on lowly stocked farms. This group will soon join the 12,500 farmers who were required to make the move to the use of such technology last year.