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NVZ Rules: Key Requirements

The following bullet points are an outline of the key requirements of the NVZ Action Programme (Scotland) regulations 2008, for full information and guidance, you must read the NVZ Guidance for Farmers Booklets.

The key requirements of the Action Programme rules, which farmers in NVZs must comply with, are summarised below. There are other requirements which must be complied with, read and understand the guidance booklets applicable to your business to ensure that you are fully compliant.

You must prepare and implement a fertiliser and manure management plan before 1st March annually, which must contain the following elements if applicable to your business.

  • Risk Assessment for Manures and Slurries (RAMS) map
  • A calculation and record of the capacity of storage facilities required for livstock manures
  • A calculation and record of 170 kg/N/ha loading limit for livestock manure
  • An Nmax calculation for each crop type grown on the farm inculding grassland

The Booklets "Guidelines for Farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones" contains detailed guidance completing your fertiliser and manure management plan and can be accessed from the NVZ Guidance for Farmers pages.


An occupier of land designated as NVZ must keep adequate records on an annual basis containing the following details

  • The area of the farm within an NVZ
  • For each field within the NVZ you shall record
  1. The area of the field in hectares
  2. The soil type of the field
  3. The crop or crops grown in the field and the date of sowing
  4. The quantity and type of chemical & organic fertilisers applied to each crop type and the date of application
  • The number of livestock kept on the farm, detailing
  1. The species, type and length of time the animlas were kept on farm.
  • The movement of any livestock manure off the farm, or onto the farm detailing:
  1. The type of livestock manure
  2. The nitrogen content of the manure, based upon standard figures or your own analysis
  3. The quantity moved
  4. The date of the movement
  5. The name and address of the person receiving or supplying the manure.
  • The quantity and type of chemical fertiliser brought onto the farm, used on the farm and retained on the farm
  1. You must keep an inventory of the manufactured nitrogen fertiliser that you purchase, use or retain on farm.

Templates for recording the information detailed above are contained in the guidance booklets.