Getting GLAS Compliant for 2016

Bat Boxes These boxes are to be in place by the 31st of March 2016 and the maximum amount of the boxes is 15. The minimum amount of boxes at each location must be three. They can be on the same tree or post as bird/bee boxes. It is recommended that the boxes are placed a minimum of 4 metre off the ground. The payment per box is €13/box/year Bird Boxes These boxes are to be put in place by the 31st of March 2016 and the maximum amount of the boxes is 15. One box per tree or post. It is recommended that the boxes are placed at least 2.5 metres off the ground. The payment per box is €6/box /year. Coppicing of Hedgerows This work has to be done by the 28th of February 2017 The minimum amount of length is 10m and the maximum is 1000 m and the payment is €3.70/m/year. The stems are cut to 15cm from ground level. The gaps are to be in filled with a minimum of 4 plants per metre consisting of whitethorn, blackthorn or holly. Species that are suitable for coppicing include Alder, Blackthorn, Ash, Birch, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Sweet chestnut, Sycamore and Willow. Laying of Hedgerows This work is to be carried out by the 28th of February 2017 and the payment is €3.70/m/year The minimum length is 10m and the maximum length is 1000m. Cannot be done using heavy machinery Infilling must be carried out if gaps are present. Low Emission Slurry Spreading All slurry on the farm must be spread by one of the following methods

· Band spreading

· Injection systems

· Trailing shoe Must apply a minimum of 50 cubic metres of slurry per annum. Low Input Permanent Pasture Where this action Is carried out on a split parcel the parcel must be fenced off from the start of the contract. The maximum area payable under this measure is 5 ha. The payment rate is €314/ha/yr. Parcels cannot be cut for Hay or Silage. Parcels cannot be topped between the 15th March and the 15th of July annually. Maximum chemical Nitrogen usage is 40 kg N per ha per annum. Spot treatment of weeds allowed. Planting a Grove of Trees Plant either 250 trees in an area not less than 0.05 ha or 450 trees in an area of 0.09 ha. These have to be planted by the 31st of March 2016. Plant native trees species only. Planted in rows 2 metres apart and a distance of 1 metre between the plants within the rows. Must be fenced off from livestock from the time of planting. Plants have to be a minimum of 40 cm tall when planted. Payment per tree is 0.90 cent per tree/per year. Protection of Watercourse from Bovines It has to be completed by the 31st of March 2016 and the payment rate is €1.50/m/yr. Fence back all watercourse 1.5 m from the bank to exclude all bovines. Livestock drinking points are not permitted. Traditional Hay Meadow. The maximum area allowed for payment is 10 ha. The payment rate is €315/ha/yr. Maximum chemical nitrogen usage is 40 kg/N/ha. Cannot graze until from the 15th of April until the 1st of July after cutting. Topping cannot take place from the 15th of March until after the meadow is mown. Spot spraying of weeds is allowed or a weed licker. Wild Bird Cover Maximum area allowed is 3 ha and the payment rate is €900/ha/yr. It has to be sown by the 31st of May 2016. Livestock can enter the parcel from the 15th of March to planting time each year. You can plant a one year or a two year mix. Pre sowing weed control can be used. A one year mix would be Oats and Linseed or Oats and Mustard. I would strongly recommend that farmers only do the work that has to be done this year and leave the jobs that can be done next year.

There is no point in rushing the jobs and with other general farm jobs coming at you to do as well there is no point over burdening yourself with work.

If you have any doubt in what you have to do contact your agricultural advisor immediately and they will clearly tell you what has to be done. The last thing to mention is that all Tranche 1 GLAS farmers have to make sure and take soil samples this year as part of their nutrient management plan. Their advisor will be in touch with you about this in the coming months. I hope you found this article was informative. For more agricultural topics, see all our farming articles here. Find the latest bargains in Farming right now #Farming