Cross Compliance

Whilst Cross Compliance failures can lead to financial penalties on BPS and Environmental / Countryside Stewardship payments, they can also be responsible for the delay in these payments being received in the first instance. A double whammy that can leave businesses in a difficult situation.  

Following the publication of the 2015 cross compliance inspection results by the RPA, it is clear that the same issues are causing problems for claimants. Below you will find the top 10 failures for 2015 and also a list of common short comings leading to the breaches.

You can manage the risk of failure by being aware of your responsibilities on your holding and up-dating your practices where needed. If you are unsure of any of your obligations relating to cross compliance or would like further guidance on any specific matters you can find the full guide here or alternatively speak to Carol Johnson at HNR who will be happy to help.

Top 10 Cross Compliance Failures in 2015 by % of inspections failed

1Cattle Identification & Registration46.6
2NVZ Regulations29.4
3Sheep & Goat Identification & Records25.3
4Buffer Strips Along Watercourses11.1
5Animal Welfare7.8
6Pig Identification and Registration7.8
7Food & Feed Law6
8Plant Protection Products4.6
10Ancient Monuments2.6

Food and Feed Law: Failures for not meeting TB testing intervals. No PPP records kept or incomplete /not produced at inspection. Key pieces of information are missing, or information is not kept at all. Information is kept but not in a systematic manner; it cannot be produced on demand, taking into account a test of reasonableness.

Cattle: Failure to report cattle movements. Movement details not recorded or incorrectly recorded on farm register / database. Failure to report cattle deaths. Animal not found in farm records.

NVZ: None of the required records available on request. Records incomplete. Temporary field heaps sited in a high risk location.

Sheep: Incomplete movement records. Incomplete recording of births, deaths, replacement tags. Annual Inventory not completed. Must record moves to a different CPH even if keepership is unchanged.

Buffer Strips: Failure to produce or keep a map showing all surface waters and all springs, wells and boreholes with no spread zones. Cultivation of /application of fertiliser or pesticides to 2 m buffer zone from centre of a watercourse. Cultivation of /application of fertiliser or pesticides to 1 m buffer zone from top of watercourse bank. No green cover on 2 m buffer from centre of a watercourse and 1 metre from top of watercourse bank.

Hedges: Cultivation of /application of fertiliser or pesticides to 2 m buffer zone from centre of a hedge. No green cover on 2 m buffer from centre of a hedge. Hedge has been cut or trimmed during the closed period (1 March to 31 August).

Animal Welfare: Failure to keep medicine records. Inappropriate animal care. Delay to treatment for illness or seeking veterinary advice. Insufficient staff to prevent welfare problems or a lack of competence of staff.

Plant protection: PPP’s used in a manner that is not in accordance with the relevant legislation, good plant protection practice in Code of Practice. Approved products used incorrectly – maximum dose, number of applications, not on approved crop, harvest interval, warning beekeepers, LERAP records. PPE not used. Failure to keep PPP records

Rights of Way: A visible public right of way has been wilfully obstructed. The surface of a visible, cross field footpath or bridleway has been disturbed and has not been re-instated to meet the minimum width requirement and /or within the specified time(s). Route of reinstated path not indicated.

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