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Nitrates Information

Please note: The information provided below is a limited selection of the information available relating to this topic. You can find more information, publications and forms relating to this area on the main Department website here.

Under the Nitrates Regulations (S.I. 610 of 2010) farmers must not apply more than 170kgs of nitrogen from livestock manure per hectare per year. However, grassland  farmers, with grazing stock, may apply annually for a derogation to apply up to a limit of 250kg per hectare in a calendar year, under certain conditions. Farmers doing so will need to have a Fertiliser Plan on their holding by 1 March each year and will have to keep Fertiliser Accounts and submit these accounts to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine by 31 March each year.

Compliance with the Nitrates Regulation (Directive) is one of the Statutory Management Requirements under the Single Payment Scheme, and anyone applying (operating) above the 170kg/hectare limit who has not applied for a derogation in the year in question is putting his or her Single Payment at risk.

Further information, documents and forms are available on our main website here or by contacting:

Nitrates Section,
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Johnstown Castle Estate,
Co. Wexford.
Tel: 053 9163444
Fax: 053 9163470
Email: nitrates@agriculture.gov.ie