Cross-compliance breaches cost farmers in England £2.33 million last year, with poor record keeping the major cause of non-compliance.
Figures released by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) showed there were 2,972 cross-compliance failures last year.
As in 2012, cattle keepers attracted the highest number of breaches (810) for failing to report deaths and movements; incorrect reporting of movements and animals being found without passports.
Because of poor performance on soil protection and nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZ) in 2012, the agency was required under EU rules to carry out extra inspections in those areas last year.
These additional inspections generated 711 of the total breaches recorded.
Failure to keep accurate and up-to-date records, leaving temporary field heaps in position for more than 12 months or too close to water courses, meant NVZ breaches were the second most common failing at 562, 328 of which were generated by extra inspections.
Soil protection review issues came a close third, producing 535 failures, with 383 of these generated by the additional inspections.
Issues with animal medicine and mortality records resulted in 148 breaches, compared with 95 in 2012.
Other areas where breaches increased included:
RPA operations director Paul Caldwell said: “Release of these figures is just one of the way we help farmers and the agricultural industry as part of our ongoing commitment to support rural economies.
“The aim is to make farmers aware of the most common errors to help them avoid future penalties and keep more of their vital SPS funds.”
The Guide to Cross Compliance in England 2014, including a useful reminder of the important diary dates, can be seen here
Further information is available from the Farming Advice Service
Some changes have been made to cross-compliance rules under the reformed 2015 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). See our CAP reform Q&A for more details