NVZ & Farming Rules For Water In Wales

Nutrient Management Planning

NVZ & Farming Rules For Water In Wales

Welsh Government have announced that the whole of Wales will be designated a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone with initial good practice requirements being introduced on 1 April 2021. 

There will be a transitional period as the government have acknowledged that some farms will need time and support to improve. However, closed spreading periods for manufactured nitrogen and some organic manures such as slurries will be introduced this autumn. 


The adoption of these rules means more paperwork and more of being able to justify what you did, when you did it and why you did it.


Almost certainly  farm subsidies , grants and other support will be reliant on proving your compliance with these regulations.



How the Regulations affect you;

  • Soil Analysis – all fields receiving manure or fertiliser must have analyses that are less than 5 years old at the time of application
  • Manures & Fertiliser Applications must not exceed the specified crop Nitrogen requirement
  • No more than 250kg of Nitrogen from organic manure (FYM, Biosolids, Digestate, Slurry etc) can be applied to any individual field
  • Field Risk Maps – Individual field maps are needed to identify spreading risks and field heap risks
  • Nutrient Management Plan – detailing and justifying where all manure and fertiliser will be spread on a field by field, crop by crop basis

How Does it Work?

Our Nutrient Management Planning—Premium is a service tailored to your individual farm. We take account of your soil analysis, cropping plans, livestock numbers, manure and fertiliser spreading details, imported organics (e.g. biosolids, digestate) etc marrying them all together to produce a bespoke Nutrient Management Plan so you know exactly what nutrients need to be applied to achieve maximum yields.

We visit you 3 times throughout the year to gather and update the information required for the NMP to ensure it is always up to date for your guidance and also ready for any inspection.

A detailed Nutrient Management Plan provides 3 key benefits;

  • Matches fertiliser applications to soil & crop nutrient requirements
  • Prevents over applications / waste 
  • Fulfils all of your regulatory obligations 

“I didn’t realise how good my FYM was and by using it as part of my Nutrient Management Plan, how much less fertiliser I’d need to buy.”

How Much Does it Cost?

Two options — join for either 1 year or 2 years +

1 year             

£1,270 + VAT

2 years +

£90 per month +VAT      

For more information, please call or email us today.