NRW Consultation - changes to guidance for assessing the impact of ammonia and nitrogen from agricultural developments

NRW have reviewed the guidance used to assess the potential environmental impact of emissions of ammonia and nitrogen from agricultural developments (referred to as GN020)

As a result of this review, NRW are proposing the following changes to the guidance:

  • We will use the information produced for the Town and Country Planning Act EIA to determine a permit, and use the same thresholds where that information is available
  • We will use a variety of screening distances based on the type of development and the number of animal places proposed, reducing the distance for the smaller units and increasing it for the larger units.
  • We will produce a map of species and habitat locations around which extremely strict controls and detailed modelling is likely to be a requirement; this may include, but not necessarily be limited to, Natura 2000 sites.
  • We will remove the 1% screening threshold of insignificance for in-combination assessments.
  • We will use the critical level to inform whether the proposed development will harm the species or habitat.
  • We withdraw OGN 41 and only use GN 020 provided as web content
  • We will make the guidance accessible and collate all the required information into a single source
  • The guidance will be applicable to all developments that emit ammonia and require either planning permission or an environmental permit

Red Tractor Dairy Standards Change Consultation

Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) have issued a consultation on two new dairy standards to be implemented in Version 5 in October 2021:

1. Farms must have a written breeding and management policy in place and implemented so there is no routine euthanasia of calves
2. Annual collation of calf births/deaths must be maintained

Members can respond by answering the online survey which can be accessed here before the end of July.

Contractual Relationships in the UK Dairy Industry

This UK wide consultation has been prepared by Defra, in agreement with the devolved Governments, in response to concerns raised regarding the unfair treatment of dairy farmers and the ability for processors and retailers to lower milk prices under current contract agreements.

In 2012, a voluntary code of best practice on contractual relationships in the dairy sector was agreed by the industry. There was a preference to allow sufficient time for the voluntary code to take effect in addition to the right to review the situation and, if necessary, reconsider the introduction of legislation on contracts.

A formal call for evidence in 2016 revealed the challenges that dairy farmers face with contractual agreements. These include variations in contract terms and difficulties in terminating contracts following dramatic price declines. Such challenges have been further highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting that the voluntary code is not having the desired impact.

A total of 13 member states of the EU have introduced laws on written milk contracts in an attempt to stabilise markets

The deadline to complete the survey is 15 September 2020. Please click here for more information. The survey is available in Welsh here.

Welsh Government Wales Transport Strategy

The Welsh Government has released an overview which seeks views on the draft Integrated Sustainability Appraisal (ISA) Scoping Report for the Wales Transport Strategy (WTS).

The process to date has included several impact assessments relating to Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA), Welsh Language, Rural Proofing, Children’s Rights and Climate Change.

The Rural Proofing impact assessment concluded that the Wales Transport Strategy will have a potential impact on rural communities. Therefore, objectives encompassing aspects of rural life such as access to services; and the economy have been incorporated into the ISA Framework.

The deadline for responses is 31 July 2020.  Click here to view and respond to the consultation document.

COVID-19 - Important Information for our members and customers


In view of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve taken the decision to help protect members, customers and colleagues by closing all FUW offices.

All staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, meaning our team will be continuing with exactly the same service but over the phone/email/skype or other means of remote communication instead. 

Members and customers should continue to contact us as they would, as all our team can be contacted via the usual phone numbers. 

We will be making sure that our service levels are maintained. SAF/IACS appointments will carry on as normal but will be conducted over the phone. 

Contact details for your local office can be found here: 


Important links relating to the Coronavirus:

The TB Hub have prepared a list of FAQs regarding how TB procedures will be affected by the virus:

Red Tractor Updated Covid-19 position here:

Livestock Auctioneers Association LAA - 25/03/2020:

Business Wales (including details of coronavirus support for businesses):

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) available through participating lenders:

National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) guidance on Coronavirus:

National Milk Recording services 24/03/2020:

Senedd Research Blog: