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A clear solution for farmers – Farm Yard Infrastructure


the farm yards the hub of the farm but it can also be the place where there’s
the biggest threat of pollution Catchment Sensitive Farming gives farmers
support and financial help towards improvements
that can make our waters cleaner and safer David Mitchum’s a mixed farmer in Devon and for him, containing animals as well
as controlling potential environmental dangers such as slurries and manure is a
constant battle problems that we’ve had in this last twelve months with the
excessive amount of rain caused our system to to be a under a
great deal of test we’re now in a Nitrogen sensitive zone which means to say that we have certain spreading periods and certain closed
periods and all that has really tested us the question was what did we ought to do? Catchment Sensitive Farming has priority
areas and if a farm’s located in one of those
areas then it could qualify for the initiative well the first thing to do when applying
for a grant or considering it is to talk to your Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer they can advise on the grant whether you are in the target area
or not they can help you fill out the
application form and discuss the options that you might
choose to go for every farm presents unique challenges Farmers, Catchment sensitive farming
officers and specialists come together to work out what will be the best changes
to make for each individual farm what we do is understand the farm understand where the farmers heading
with his farm business we understand where the farm business is heading
in terms of how the cows are managed, how the machinery is managed, where the
manure is stacked where the slurry goes all that sort of thing that’s the first
thing and that relationship happens first with catchment sensitive farming
officer then it’s down to practicalities keeping clean and dirty water seperate is a
priority in a farm yard the clean water when it comes onto a roof and it’s managed
and put away into a nearby ditch appropriately doesn’t have to be
looked after again if you’ve got dirty water we need to
manage it we need to pump it, we need to move it. We need to do everything to manage that slurry properly. Separating clean and dirty water is where we can start through catchment sensitive area we’ve
had a number of small roof projects done which has kept rainwater away from possible contamination we’ve had soil sampling and we’ve
also had the soil management visit which actually identifies what we should
be doing what we shouldn’t be doing and those small changes on farms like a David
Mitchums are beginning to have a real impact on a
wider scale In Devon the the main water quality issues are
sediment and nutrients running into the water
course. So we have lovely rivers and that very
pleasant bathing beaches and by acting together farms can make a
difference on that water quality this farm there has been a
difference made and that’s really helped to
reduce pollution in this area but then that expands then that moves to the next farm and throughout the catchment. these incremental changes have made
quite a difference in across catchments and across the country and the initiative is working well for farmers
too Catchment Sensitive Farming’s worked very
well for us it’s a very simple scheme and i think it’s a scheme that
everyone should embrace because of its simplicity. To find out how CSF can help you to take
measures to improve the environment and efficiency of production please visit our website

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