Dumfries and Galloway Farmers Reminded ‘Don’t get caught out by slurry rules’

NFU Scotland is reminding all its members in Dumfries and Galloway not to get caught out by the 31 March deadline for re-registering temporary storage requirement exemptions.

Since 1 January 2009 the new NVZ Action Programme rules have required farmers in an NVZ area to have minimum storage requirements of 26 weeks for pig slurry and 22 weeks storage for cattle slurries.  An exemption from the minimum storage period requirement and/or closed periods exists until such time as the farm has sufficient storage or 1 January 2012, whichever comes sooner.

Temporary exemptions from slurry storage requirements need to be renewed each year.   This means that any farmer who registered for a temporary storage requirement exemption last must re-register the exemption this year.   The deadline for doing this is 31 March 2010.

Future renewals will have to be made by 1 January each year until such time as sufficient storage is available or 1 January 2012, whichever comes sooner.   This will mean that next years renewal has to be done by 1 January 2011.

NFU Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway Regional Manager, Carolyn Dunlop said:

“I would urge any farmer in the Nithsdale area of Dumfriesshire who is in the NVZ and has not yet re-registered their temporary slurry storage requirement to do so as soon as possible.

“Requests should be put in writing to the local RPID area office.

“If you have any questions about what this entails or need any other guidance on slurry storage-related issues, please get in touch with me or NFUS head office directly on 0131 472 4000.”


  • Contact details for the Dumfries RPID office are as follows:

Government Buildings, 161 Brooms Road
Dumfries, DG1 3ES
Tel: 01387 274400
Fax: 01387 274440


Contact Carolyn Dunlop on 07787 434103

Date Published:

News Article No.: 47/10

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