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News round-up from Northern Ireland
Peter McCann
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22 November 2023 News
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Local authorities need to carry out more farm inspections - EPA
More farm inspections and follow-up enforcement is needed to reduce the risk of agricultural activities negatively impacting on water quality, an EPA report has found.
Farmers should be paid for carbon audits
Letter to the NI Editor on carbon audits From Robert Wilson, Randalstown
1 November 2023 Northern Ireland
News podcast: GPS slurry clamp down and dairy’s economic value
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27 October 2023 News
Almost 8,000 cross-compliance inspections carried out in 2022
The Department of Agriculture has analysed the outcomes of the near 8,000 cross compliance inspections it carried out on farms in 2022. Barry Murphy reports.
25 October 2023 News
Almost 2,000 farmers in breach of cattle tagging rules
Hundreds of cattle farmers were found to be in breach of cattle identification and registration requirements in 2022.
25 October 2023 News
Department’s nitrates experts advising tougher slurry rules
The Department’s scientific advisory group on nitrates is looking for stronger measures and a harsher approach to inspecting existing ones for derogation and non-derogation farmers alike.
25 October 2023 News
Department fines farmers for excessive poaching
There were a number of areas under Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) requirements where farmers were penalised in 2022.
25 October 2023 News
Seventy farmers fined for sheep tagging issues
There was a total of almost 1,300 inspections carried out on farms regarding sheep identification and registration in 2022.
25 October 2023 News
Farmers with flooded slurry storage fearful of prosecution
Many of the tanks emptied during the open period are now full of water again, says Senator Paul Daly.
24 October 2023 News
Schemes update: being prepared for a sheep inspection
Tagging issues, failure to maintain an up-to-date flock register and failure to notify the Department of animal movements are common issues which crop up each year in cross compliance inspections.
20 October 2023 Management