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Most common non-compliances found during cross compliance inspections in 2016

SMR 1 Protection of Water against Pollution caused by Nitrates

The aim of this requirement is to reduce the pollution of waters caused by nitrates and phosphates occurring from agricultural land and farmyards.

  • 38% of the non-compliances detected related to the inadequate collection of livestock manure, other organic fertilisers, soiled water or silage effluent.
  • 19% of the non-compliances detected related to the failure to minimise the generation of soiled water.
  • 12% of the non-compliances detected related to structural defects to storage facilities leading to direct or indirect runoff to groundwater or surface water.
  • 11% of the non-compliances detected related to the inadequate management of the storage facilities for livestock manure, other organic fertilisers, soiled water or silage effluent.
  • 9% of the non-compliances detected related to the stockpiling of manure on lands during the prohibited period.
  • The remaining 11% of the non-compliances were for a range of other issues.

SMR 7 – Cattle Identification and Registration

The aim of this requirement is to maintain the system for the identification and registration (IDR) of cattle to facilitate their traceability.

  • 61% of the non-compliances detected related to tagging irregularities i.e. animals missing tags, animals not tagged with 20 days of birth or animals missing both eartags.
  • 19% of non-compliances related to the AIM System Database i.e. failure to notify movements, births and deaths to the database within 7 days of the event.
  • 11% of the non-compliances detected related to passport discrepancies, i.e., no passports for purchased animals, missing passports and surplus passports.
  • 9% of the non-compliances detected related to bovine herd register discrepancies, i.e., no entries or no herd register, missing entries and incorrect entries.

SMR 8 – Sheep and Goat Identification and Registration

The aim of this requirement is to maintain the system for the identification and registration (IDR) of sheep and goats in order to facilitate their traceability.

  • 48% of the non-compliances detected related to Census / Database problems.
  • 33% of non-compliances related to tagging irregularities e.g. sheep not tagged, tagged incorrectly (no EID tag), missing both tags or adult sheep missing one eartag.
  • 17% of the non-compliances detected related to failures to adequately maintain a flock register.
  • 2% of the non-compliances detected related to Dispatch Dockets e.g. dispatch dockets missing.

Good Agricultural & Environmental Condition (GAEC)

Of the breaches detected under GAEC:

  • 48% were related to GAEC 5 - GAEC 5 (Minimum land Management Reflecting Site Specific Conditions to Limit Erosion) - The aim of GAEC 5 is to protect soil from erosion i.e. poaching of land. This is a particular problem with sacrifice paddocks and failing to regularly move supplementary feeding points.
  • 47% were related to GAEC 7 - GAEC 7 (Retention of Landscape Features & Designated habitats and Controlling Invasive Species and Noxious weeds). The aim of GAEC 7 is to ensure the protection of both Landscape Features and Designated Habitats and also to ensure the control of invasive species and noxious weeds.
  • Remaining 5% of non-compliances related to the other GAEC standards.

SMRs 11 - 13 - Animal Welfare

Welfare requirements come under three Cross Compliance SMRs. SMR 11 - Welfare of Calves - the aim of this requirement is to ensure the welfare of calves (bovine animals up to six months old) by meeting minimum standards for their care and husbandry. SMR 12 - Welfare of Pigs – the aim of this requirement is to protect the welfare of pigs by meeting minimum standards for their care and husbandry. SMR 13 - Welfare of Farmed Animals – the aim of this requirement is to protect the welfare animals by meeting minimum standards for their care and husbandry.

  • 66% of all welfare breaches related to SMR 13 (Welfare of Farmed Animals) e.g. failure to maintain animal remedies records, mutilation procedures (disbudding/dehorning, tail docking or castration) not carried in accordance with legislative requirements.
  • 33% of all welfare breaches related to SMR 11 (Welfare of Calves) e.g. evidence that the lying area for calves is not comfortable, clean and adequately drained, the level of cleaning and disinfecting of housing, equipment and utensils used for calves is not in compliance with legislation.
  • 1% of all welfare breaches related to SMR 12 (Welfare of Pigs) e.g. inadequate building conditions, accommodation or lighting.

SMR 10 – Plant Protection Products (Pesticides)

The aim of this requirement is to ensure that where pesticides are used, this use is necessary, and that they are used in a manner that minimises risk to the user, the environment and the food chain.

  • 36% of the non-compliances detected related to product registration breaches.
  • 16% of non-compliances were for the failure to display a warning sign on a chemical store.
  • 13% of non-compliances related to storage facilities breaches.
  • 9% of non-compliances were for the failure to maintain adequate records.
  • 7% of non-compliances were for the failure to have facilities to clean-up spillages e.g. sand/peat.
  • 5% of non-compliances related to the calibration of application equipment.
  • The remaining 14% of non-compliances were for a range of other issues.