PREVENTING pollution and protecting sheep is the aim of a new industry wide campaign being launched at a major sheep farming show next month.
Farmers across the Yorkshire Dales have for many years known of the devastating effect that Organo-Phosphate sheep-dips can have on Human health. With the launch of the 'Stop Every Drop' campaign the industry is also recognising that the environment can suffer too. Stopping run-off from dipping areas and livestock polluting ground and surface water will be key areas.
Campaign aims to stop sheep dip
Sheep 2006 - organised by the National Sheep Association - will be the platform for the launch of the 'Stop Every Drop' campaign; an initiative looking to help farmers and agricultural contractors develop best practice for sheep dipping.
Since 2003 there has been considerable disquiet raised by the Environment Agency and other interested parties - such as the Salmon and Trout Association - about the increased number of water pollution incidents resulting from the use of sheep dips in certain English regions such as the North West and North East.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) says its members have a strong interest in self-regulating the process to enable them to retain access to a wide range of technical treatments, as well as preventing pollution, and to avoid penalties to their SPS payments under the new cross compliance rules which penalise farmers for the environmental damage they cause.
An industry spokesman said: "Previously there has been little guidance for farmers on how to improve sheep dipping practice and protect the environment.
"This joint industry initiative aims to raise awareness of sheep dip pollution and develop a best practice working guide to reduce water pollution.
"It will help to secure farmers' access to future supplies of dip technology, as well as avoid prosecution and protect SPS payments."
- Sheep 2006 takes place on Wednesday 2nd August at the Three Counties Show Ground in Malvern