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New guidance issued on manure spreading to have 'big impact'

CHANGES to spreading organic manure set to have a 'big impact' on farm businesses with little time to adapt, says the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). The Environment Agency has issued new guidance on the spreading of organic manure which is set to affect farmers and land managers in England. Under Rule 1 of the Farming Rules for Water, in Spreading organic manures on agricultural land:- RPS 252, farmers will have to justify why they need to apply organic manures in the autumn. The biggest impact is set to be felt in the east of England where most pig and poultry manures are applied ahead of autumn cropping.

Responding to the new rule change, CLA’s Chief Land Use Policy Adviser Susan Twining said:- "It is good to see that the Environment Agency has taken on board industry concerns in this latest guidance, but it is still likely to have a big impact on many businesses, both practically and economically, with little time to adapt plans for this year. Of course, water quality should never be compromised. A healthy water environment is key to ensuring wildlife can flourish, and everyone has their part to play. But further thought is urgently needed on how to balance the value of organic material for building soil health and benefits for carbon sequestration, reducing reliance on manufactured fertilisers, improving water holding capacity and associated flood risk.”

What do the new rules mean? The Farming Rules for Water (FRfW) - Rule 1 has requirements for planning nutrient applications of organic material (livestock manures and slurries, digestate and biosolids) and manufactured fertiliser to crops, taking into account risks to water from nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P). The Rules apply across the whole of England. Those in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) should also follow the NVZ rules that have additional requirements. There should be proactive management of all crop nutrients on farm to avoid losses to water and also air (as ammonia and nitrous oxide). Mitigation action must be taken where there is a significant risk to water. This might include reviewing the need for organic material, adjustment of application rates, considering alternative fields, or the export of manures. Organic materials applied as a means of disposal, rather than as part of a crop nutrient management plan based on crop and soil needs, will be in breach of the Rules. The decision making process on whether to apply organic material and/or manufactured fertiliser should be a transparent part of manure and nutrient management planning. A nutrient management plan should take account of crop need, manure type, its nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) content, rate of application, soil type and nutrient indices, and weather forecast at application. The Reduction and Prevention of Agricultural Diffuse Pollution (England) Regulations were introduced in 2018 - known as the FRfW. These placed key aspects of the Code of Good Practice for water into regulation.

Read the guidance in full here:- Gov.UK.  See industry guidance here:- Basis-Reg.Co.UK.

Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 29,312 cases and the total number now stand at:- 5,952,756 that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 119 within 28 days of positive test, according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is:- 130,000, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 153,734.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:- 5,896. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 887 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 668.

In England, there are a total of:- 5,199,102 confirmed cases. North West - total of:- 854,324 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-

Liverpool City Region
Nation Lockdown

National UK Restrictions

Liverpool, 64,359 confirmed cases. 268
Halton, 14,966 confirmed cases. 58
Knowsley, 22,062 confirmed cases. 83
Sefton, 32,161 confirmed cases. 127
St. Helens, 22,316 confirmed cases. 103

Wirral, 33,353 confirmed cases.

Colour Key:- 0  1 to 10 11 to 20 21 to 30  31 to 40 41 to 50 51 to 100 101 to 199 200 & over  

Daily reported Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed positive Covid19 test.  Daily and cumulative numbers of Covid19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are not comparable as Wales include suspected Covid19 patients while the other nations include only confirmed cases.


Total UK people who have received Vaccination

1st Dose 2nd Dose
Jab Stats correct as of:- 03 August 2021

The current UK population is:- 66,435,600 according to the Office for National Statistics.

The Vaccination programme began on 8 December 2020 with people receiving the Vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech, and people began receiving the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Vaccine from 4 January 2021. Both Vaccine s are given as 2 doses, at lEast 21 days apart, for a full Vaccination course.

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