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Farmers reminded of 2016 changes to BPS cross compliance rules

As the New Year marks a new Basic Payment Scheme, farmers in England have been urged to take note of changes to cross compliance rules for BPS 2016.
The cattle identification rules have changed for BPS 2016
The cattle identification rules have changed for BPS 2016

Farmers and landowners must follow cross compliance rules if they claim for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a stewardship scheme or the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) in 2016.

 

There are three significant changes to BPS 2016 cross compliance rules in England since last year’s guide:

SMR 7 – Cattle identification and registration

Cattle keepers must still record in their holding register the dam’s ear tag number for animals born on their holding.

 

However, they no longer need to record the dam’s ear tag number for animals arriving on their holding.

 

This changed on April 6 2015 and is now updated in this guide.

GAEC 7c – Trees

RPA has clarified that not only fruit or nut trees in orchards, but also other trees acting as windbreaks in an orchard, vineyard, hop yard or hop garden are exempt from the March 1 to August 31 cutting and trimming rules.

 

This applies from January 1 2016.

GAEC 1 – Establishment of buffer strips along watercourses

From January 1 2017, land parcels of two hectares or less next to watercourses will have to comply with the need to protect watercourses against pollution and run-off from agricultural sources, by maintaining buffer strips.

 

Therefore, for all land within 2 metres of the centre of a watercourse or field ditch or 1 metre on the landward side of the top of the bank from the edge of the watercourse or field ditch both of the following apply:

 

  • You must take all reasonable steps to maintain a green cover
  • You must not cultivate or apply fertilisers or pesticides.

 

This change doesn’t apply to GAEC 7a.

Key dates and more information

The key dates outlining what claimants should (and should not) do throughout the year to meet the cross compliance rules are listed here

 

More information on all cross compliance rules for BPS 2016 in England can be found here

 

Details of exemptions from cross compliance rules are outlined here

 

Details on penalties are outlined here and inspections here

 

 

 


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