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31/07/2021

Longford Leader Farming: Launch of online slurry movement records is premature

Pig Health Society Symposium

A new online ystem to record slurry and manure transfers is not ready to go live on July 1.

The IFA pigs committee chairperson, Roy Gallie and the poultry committee chairperson, Andy Boylan said the new online system to record slurry and manure transfers is not ready to go live on July 1.

Following meetings with DAFM Nitrates Division officials in the past two weeks, it’s evident that the transition to mandatory online records of slurry and manure movements is premature they said.

“We have trialed the online system and encountered very obvious system failures. It must be made much more user friendly and we have asked DAFM officials to consider our suggested amendments,” they said.

Under the current DAFM policy, all slurry exports must be submitted online through the Agfood.ie portal.

IFA is asking the DAFM Nitrates Division to facilitate the provision of both paper records and online records, similar to the system successfully employed the animal movements system for many years.

“We are very supportive of any measures that will encourage and facilitate the optimal use of organic manures to fertilise land and displace the need for imported artificial fertilizers, but the online requirement due to be implemented in two weeks’ time with an untried system is premature and will have negative consequences,” noted the two IFA spokerspersons.

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