Liming plans compulsory for farmers in derogation

The nitrates derogation provides farmers with an opportunity to farm at a high stocking rate. Farmers must not exceed stocking rates of 2 dairy cows per hectare (ha) without a derogation but can farm at almost 3 cows per ha if approved for derogation. Over 7,000 farmers, farming nearly 500,000 hectares in Ireland have availed [...]