Electoral Divisions in Ireland with the most derogation herd applications

Ireland’s nitrates derogation allows farmers to farm at higher stocking rates, above 170 kg livestock manure nitrogen/ha up to 250 nitrogen/ha

Notes:

Data for DAFM ranked by number of herds

There is no public DAFM data available by farm, or by townland

The data does not give an indication of actual stocking levels on the farms

There is no easy way to map the data against catchments with nitrates pollution.

The data is number of derogation applications submitted (it may differ from actual number of derogation herds due to applications deleted, in draft when numbers published, or applications ‘under query’)

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