Failure to return slurry spreading forms could result in GLAS ineligibility

Farmers who fail to complete their annual declaration and claim form under the GLAS Low-Emission Slurry Spreading action may result in them becoming ineligible for payment for the action and/or GLAS itself.

Letters issued recently to GLAS farmers, with the declaration and forms, who are in tranche one and tranche two of the scheme.

These forms need to be completed and sent back to the Department of Agriculture at Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford, by November 15.

2016 GLAS payments cannot be processed until this form is returned and approved for payment, the Department has said.

Under the low-emission slurry spreading scheme farmers must indicate on the form the slurry spreading method used e.g. trailing shoe, band spreading or injection system.

A copy of the relevant record of movement of organic fertilisers form (Record 3) must be attached to the application, where slurry is imported onto the holding for spreading.

Also, farmers should note that they must also include details of contractors, should they have been brought in to spread the slurry.

Under the Low-Emission Slurry Spreading action, farmers must also give details of the following on their slurry declaration form:

  • Dates of spreading.
  • Spread method.
  • Volume of slurry produced on the holding.
  • Volume imported.
  • Total volume spread using new technology.
  • LPIS numbers where the slurry was applied.

In order for farmers to be eligible for this action, at least 50m3 of slurry must be applied annually on the holding. The Department advises that tor calculation purposes 1m3 equals 1,000L (220 gallons).