With the recent mild weather conditions, calls have been made from farmers, politicians and agricultural organisations alike, for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to bring forward the slurry spreading opening dates.
These calls were issued by Independent TD, Michael Fitzmaurice, as well as Fianna Fáil TD, Jackie Cahill. Cahill called on the opening dates to be brought forward to January 2nd, to prevent the farming community from succumbing to the troubles of 2018. These views were also echoed by Leitrim IFA Chairman James Gallagher, who said that farming by the calendar is not always the way forward.
In a recent poll conducted on the That’sFarming website, 95% of followers were in agreement that Minister Creed should bring forward the slurry spreading opening dates. A further 92% say they will only spread slurry once the ban is lifted, meaning some farmers may miss out on a valuable opportunity to guarantee a head start on grass growth, as reported by us here.
But what are the official opening dates for each county? Find out below!
Each county in the country is divided into three separate zones, with each zone given a different opening date in accordance to its location and a number of other factors.
Zone A - Opening Date Monday January 13th - This features counties Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Tipperary, Laois, Kildare, Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Carlow and Waterford.
Zone B - Opening Date January 16th - For counties Roscommon, Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Meath, Westmeath, Longford, Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Louth.
Zone C - Opening Date February 1st - Counties listed include Leitrim, Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Antrim, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh, Down and Derry.