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Manure/Slurry Storage

Option closed to new applications

Introduction/What is this about?

Support for new or improved storage and handling facilities for manure and slurry.

The Option is designed to expand or otherwise improve facilities for the collection and storage of slurry and manure (including dung and farmyard manure, FYM), and their application to farmland.

Investment under this storage and handling Option may include:

  • action to minimise the volume of clean water getting into manure or slurry stores, including the installation of covers for slurry storage facilities and middens
  • equipment (for example, slurry injectors) that is designed to apply slurry or manure more efficiently to the land, minimising losses to water or air
  • provision of storage facilities is most important on farms that house livestock for all or a large part of the year, and where rain water or lightly contaminated water can enter the slurry storage system

In contrast, manure can be stored in field heaps, or in the animal house, prior to spreading.

What will this achieve?

  • Greater flexibility in the timing of slurry spreading, leading to farmers being able to spread slurry at the most appropriate time when the nutrients are most likely to be taken up by the crop/grass
  • Excluding rain and run-off water from the slurry store will release capacity, allowing more slurry storage
  • Help avoid surface run-off and rapid losses down field drains, which will result in reduced ammonia or nitrate losses and lead to reduced Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) on watercourses
  • Growing crops should gain more benefit from the available nutrients due to more timely applications
  • Using specialised application equipment should help minimise run-off and reduce the amount of ammonia lost to the air, thus reducing diffuse pollution and protecting both the air and the water environments

What you can do?


There is guidance in the PEPFAA Code applicable to all farmers on the legal requirements for the storage of slurry and manure.

Farmers should identify their needs in a Farm Waste Management Plan (FWMP) which must be submitted along with the application.

Under the terms of the Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (SSAFO) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, SEPA approval is required for new or substantially altered slurry storage facilities. Building warrants will also be needed for new structures.

Who can apply?

The measure is applicable to livestock farms that have a need to increase or improve their manure or slurry storage or handling facilities.

Eligibility criteria

You need to be farming in Scotland with a need for storage of slurry or manure or have a need for equipment to apply slurry to your land in a more environmentally friendly manner.

Contractors may apply in respect of equipment that is of environmental benefit, such as slurry injectors.

Note: It is a requirement that slurry and manure stores within Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZ) are compliant with the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2008. This means that any RDC-RP funded new or improved storage or handling facility for manure or slurry within an NVZ must be completed by 31 December 2011. Your claim can be made after this date.

What costs could be supported?

Capital costs of the construction or enhancement of slurry or manure storage or of slurry or manure handling equipment that will help protect the environment. Successful applications may also include the cost of preparing the Farm Waste Management Plan which supported the application.

It is expected that eligible expenditure will be for new or substantially upgraded facilities, rather than like-for-like replacement or maintenance costs.

Where the application is in support of underground storage in association with livestock housing, only the construction costs for the storage will be considered. Justification, and a comparison of the cost, of underground storage over the equivalent standalone storage must be given. Where the application for underground storage is not considered value for money, support may still be offered, but based on the cost of the equivalent standalone storage.

To ensure value for money we require you to provide 2 competitive quotes for any capital items applied for which are based on actual cost. If, however, you are seeking grant support towards something so specialised it is only available through 1 source then we would accept 1 quote. Please see the guidance on quotes and estimates for more information.

Rate of support?


For non-LFA up to 50% of eligible costs. Plus 10% Young Farmer Premium if eligible*

For less favoured areas (LFA) up to 60% of eligible costs. Plus 10% Young Farmer Premium if eligible*

*To be eligible for the Young Farmer Premium, you must be a farmer or crofter who, at the time of committing a Proposal is:

  • 16 years of age or over, but under 40 years of age
  • the head of an agricultural business (either as sole proprietor; or as the majority partner; or as the equal partner with another farmer or farmers under 40 years of age)

Note: For the Young Farmer Premium a copy of your birth certificate or other proof of age is required. Companies are ineligible for the 10% Young Farmer Premium.


Will be subject to inspection and verification by staff, normally Area Office staff, of the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (SGRPID).

Application appraisal inspection
  • An appraisal inspection is required only where doubts exist about the technical aspects of an application. During any inspection appropriate photographic evidence should be obtained.
Claims inspections
  • A minimum of 5% of all claims will be selected using risk analysis. SGRPID Surveying staff will be responsible for undertaking site inspections for these cases. These inspections are mandatory but Area Offices may manually select additional cases where there is reason to doubt the details of a claim.
  • The inspection consists of an examination of the works claimed to ensure that they are as specified in the approval, appear to be technically sound and that the claimed costs are justified.
  • The producer's Fertiliser and Manure Management Plan (producer within an NVZ) or a Management Plan (producers outwith an NVZ) as appropriate to their circumstances should be seen and verified at this inspection. If required, a copy should be obtained.
  • The producer's SEPA approval (for new or substantially altered facilities) if applicable should be seen and verified at inspection. If required a copy should be obtained.
  • If applicable, copies of building warrants (for new structures) and engineers' certificates must be seen and verified. If required, a copy should be obtained.

List of links to relevant technical guidance

  • The 4 Point Plan
  • The Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) Guidance
  • PEPFAA (Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activity) Code
  • Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Oil (Scotland) Regulations 2003