Cows in field

These guides provide farmers with advice on land management practices to protect water bodies. The advice enables farmers to use farm resources more efficiently, helping to meet Nitrate Vulnerable Zone, Cross Compliance, Farming Rules for Water and other regulations while protecting our environment and natural resources.

Organic by-products

  1. Introduction
  2. Application plans
  3. Storing organic by-products
  4. Making the most of FYM
  5. Making the most of slurry
  6. Dirty water separation
  7. Silage Liquor
  8. Composting manures
  9. Crop and produce waste
  10. Water pollution risk reduction

Infrastructure management

  1. Introduction
  2. Farm access
  3. Fences and gates
  4. Stream crossings
  5. Diversions and settlement areas

Soil management

  1. Introduction
  2. Checking soil condition
  3. Recognising soil loss and damage
  4. Timeliness of operations
  5. Field drainage
  6. Managing ditches

Cultivation techniques to protect soils

  1. Introduction
  2. Minimum tillage
  3. Direct drilling
  4. Contour ploughing
  5. Rough ploughing

Using vegetation to protect soil

  1. New hedgerows
  2. Buffer zones
  3. Cover cropping

Nutrient management

  1. Introduction
  2. Soil nutrient testing
  3. Manure and slurry nutrient testing
  4. Alternative nutrient sources
  5. Nutrient planning
  6. Fertiliser management

Managing livestock areas

  1. Introduction
  2. Livestock tracks
  3. Feeding and drinking areas
  4. Sacrifice areas
  5. Outdoor pigs

Managing wetlands

  1. Recognising wetlands
  2. Wetlands for water quality
  3. Wetlands for grazing
  4. Wetlands for conservation

Riparian Management

  1. Managing bank erosion
  2. Natural Flood Management


  1. Silvopasture management

Water on the Farm

  1. Introduction
  2. Irrigating crops
  3. Reducing water loss
  4. Recycling water
  5. Clean water separation

Waste Management

  1. Farm plastic waste management
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