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The Common Agricultural Policy Direct Payments and Support Schemes (Cross Compliance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

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Minimum land management reflecting site specific conditions to limit erosion

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5.—(1) A farmer shall prevent soil from being excessively trampled, poached or rutted, including on bank sides and along water courses.

(2) A farmer shall not carry out any cultivations if water is standing on the surface, or if the soil is waterlogged.

(3) A farmer shall ensure that supplementary feeding sites and sacrifice areas are rotated on a minimum of an annual basis.

(4) A farmer shall minimise soil erosion by not permitting excessive trampling, poaching or vehicle rutting.

(5) A farmer shall not cause runoff to waterways where a supplementary feeding site or sacrifice area has been established.

(6) Where a sacrifice area is permitted, the land on which it is located shall:

(a)be ploughed and sown in the following spring;

(b)be allowed to regenerate naturally the following spring provided that the land has at least 90% grass coverage by 31st of May in that year; or

(c)be surface seeded provided that the land has at least 90% grass coverage by 31st of May in that year.

(7) A farmer shall not permit land to be overgrazed.

(8) A farmer shall not permit the burning of heather, gorse, whin or fern between 15th April and 31st August.

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