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The Nitrates Action Programme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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PART 2Criteria as to calculation of phosphorus balance

1.—(1) Phosphorus balance is the difference between phosphorus inputs to the farm less the total of phosphorus outputs leaving the farm. It is calculated per unit area of agricultural land on the holding for each calendar year.

(2) Phosphorus inputs include, when imported on to the farm—

(a)the total amount of phosphorus in chemical fertiliser;

(b)the total amount of phosphorus in feedstuffs (calculated using values from Table 8); and

(c)the total amount of phosphorus in organic manure (calculated using values from Table 9).

(3) Phosphorus outputs include, when exported from the farm—

(a)the total amount of phosphorus in produce, for example, meat, milk and crops (calculated using values from Table 8); and

(b)the total amount of phosphorus in organic manure (calculated using values from Table 9).

(4) Inputs of phosphorus to agricultural land in precipitation and losses of phosphorus from the farm to surface or groundwaters are excluded from the balance calculation.

Table 8

Regulation 10(7) - Phosphorus (P) content of agricultural products and feedstuffs

Agricultural productPhosphorus content (% fresh weight)
Poultry concentrate0.5 (or actual declared content)
Pig concentrate0.48 (or actual declared content)
Ruminant concentrate0.55 (or actual declared content)
All other concentrates0.58 (or actual declared content)
Cattle0.66
Milk0.10
Sheep0.54
Wool0.04
Pigs0.50
Poultry0.58
Eggs0.22
Straw0.10
Silage0.06
Hay0.30
Potatoes0.04
Oats0.29
Barley0.30
Wheat0.26
Maize0.25
Full fat soya0.45
Linseed0.81
Rape1.10
Soya0.68
Sunflower0.93
Gluten0.96
Citrus0.1
Wheat distillers0.77
Corn distillers0.77
Peas0.44
Palm kernal0.63
Pollard1.00
Soya hulls0.14
Sugar beet0.1

Table 9

Regulation 10(7) - Phosphorus (P) content of organic manures

Livestock manure typeDry matter content (%)(1)Phosphorus content (kg P/m3)(2)
(1)

Figures in bold are the most common values.

(2)

For calculation purposes assume 1m3 of slurry weighs 1 tonne.

Dairy cattle slurry20.26
60.52
100.87
Beef cattle20.26
60.52
100.87
Pig slurry20.44
40.87
61.31
Separated cattle slurries (liquid portion)
Strainer box1.50.13
Weeping wall30.22
Mechanical separator40.52
Dry matter content (%)Phosphorus content (kg P/t)
Cattle farmyard manure251.53
Pig farmyard manure253.05
Sheep farmyard manure250.87
Duck manure252.40
Layer manure305.67
Broiler / turkey6010.91

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