Slurry Spreading

  • Mayo County Council is one of a number of local authorities that have received complaints over the last two years about farmers spreading slurry.

    The Irish Farmers Journal reports that almost 250 complaints nationally have been made - with the complaints to county councils relating to both the smell, and road conditions following slurry spreading.

    Cork has the highest number of complaints about the smell of slurry spreading, with 19 complaints formally lodged already this year and 27 complaints last year.

    Other councils to record formal criticism of the smell of slurry spreading were Mayo, Donegal and Carlow.

    County Councils also received complaints in relation to road conditions following slurry spreading - with Louth and Monaghan County Council receiving the highest number of these complaints.


  • The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D., and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced a one-month extension to the deadline by which derogation farmers must have 50% of the their slurry spread.

    The date is extended from 15 June to 15 July 2018 and thereafter the remainder of slurry must be spread by low-emission technology.

    Minister Creed explained that “We have decided to extend the date by one month to 15 July 2018 in light of the significant difficulties faced by farmers and contractors in spreading slurry as a result of the extreme weather this spring. This has meant that it is not possible for many derogation farmers to meet the 15 June deadline set out in the Nitrates Regulations due to the poor weather and delayed grass growth, which has impacted on first cut silage harvesting dates. The limited extension for 2018 will facilitate farmers and contractors in catching up with their workloads”.

  • With a status yellow rainfall warning in place, a Roscommon TD is calling for an extension to the slurry spreading deadline.

    As is stands, tomorrow is the last day farmers will be allowed to spread slurry this year, with the closed period coming to an end in January.

    Independent Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice says Irish farmers have had to put up with consistent rainfall since early August, and he's calling on Ministers Michael Creed and Eoghan Murphy to grant an extension....