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SCHEDULE 5USUAL GOOD FARM PRACTICES

PART IIVERIFIABLE STANDARDS

1.  An authorised person is empowered to examine records held as evidence that notification has been given to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency prior to using a new silage or slurry storage facility.

2.  An authorised person is empowered to examine records held as evidence that prior approval to the disposal of sheep dip on a holding has been obtained from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

3.  Trimming of hedgerows must not be carried out between 1st March and 31st July.

4.  Removal or destruction of any hedges, stone walls or other boundary features shall not be allowed except with the prior written agreement of the Scottish Ministers.

5.  An authorised person is empowered to examine records held as evidence that prior approval to any operations on a holding which are likely to damage Sites of Special Scientific Interests designated pursuant to section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981(1) has been notified to Scottish Natural Heritage.

6.  Livestock shall be managed in such a way as to avoid overgrazing. Where the Scottish Ministers form the opinion that land was being overgrazed, a management regime including a maximum) and, where appropriate, a minimum) stocking rate to be observed on that site will be prescribed. Overgrazing is defined as grazing land with livestock in such numbers as to adversely affect the growth, quality or species composition of vegetation (other than vegetation normally grazed to destruction) on that land to a significant degree.

7.  Unsuitable supplementary feeding methods shall be avoided.

8.  Undergrazing shall be avoided. “Undergrazing” has the meaning of not using land fully or scrub or coarse becoming evident, where it is detrimental to the environmental interest of the site.