In episode one of Virtual Machinery Day 2021, we look at the various different low-emission slurry spreading (LESS) systems. Many farmers have availed of grant-aided support through the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) to make the move to LESS technology, with over 2,800 systems funded to date under the scheme. In order to meet our emission targets, reduce ammonia losses to the atmosphere and to become more sustainable as an industry, it is important we make the transition.

From the start of this year 6,786 derogation farmers going forward are required to spread all slurry using LESS technology. From 15 April, this requirement will be extended to an extra 5,511 farms stocked above 170kg N/ha across the whole farm prior to exporting slurry from 2021.