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Rectifying Non-Conformances

by 5m Editor
18 April 2006, at 12:00am

UK - Although standards are relatively practical to implement, and should be seen as a way of improving standards on farm, there are still non-conformances raised during inspections, ABM&#39;s development manager Sarah Long told Farmers Weekly. A review of the last 18 month inspection period has highlighted the top five non-conformances following 20,000 beef and sheep inspections. Number One Written manure management plans - 7% Even with rules regarding Nitrate Vulnerable Zones and risk of environmental pollution, nearly 1500 farms inspected didn&#39;t have an adequate manure management plan. But this doesn&#39;t mean producers aren&#39;t meeting requirements for handling or spreading manure, explains Miss Long. &quot;The point of having a plan or policy is to ensure there is enough land available to spread farmyard manures, or other disposal measures are in place, as well as demonstrating an understanding of potential environmental problems, as it is a requirement under cross-compliance,&quot; explains Miss Long. <i>Source: FWi</i>

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