Land application of uncollected milk in Scotland regulatory guidance

Multi-agency guidance has been prepared for dairy producers in Scotland whose milk is uncollected during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

SEPA is committed to supporting everyone it regulates during the COVID-19 public health emergency, while maintaining protection of Scotland’s environment.

During this period, we expect regulated businesses to make their best endeavours to meet their environmental obligations. We are helping regulated businesses to adjust and adapt, recognising that resources and capacities are severely constrained.

The COVID-19 public health emergency could lead to raw milk remaining uncollected on farms in Scotland and could mean that milk may need to be disposed of.

Multi-agency guidance has been prepared for dairy producers in Scotland whose milk is uncollected during the COVID-19 public health emergency and where, unfortunately, disposal by land application at the farm where it was produced becomes necessary. We have developed this guidance with:

  • Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA);
  • Scottish Government;
  • Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Division (SGRPID).

The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) and the Scottish Dairy Hub are both aware and supportive. Disposing of milk to land is subject to Animal By-Products legislation enforced by the APHA. We have included pollution prevention measures alongside precautions set out by the APHA. SGRPID has offered advice to farmers on meeting Nitrate Vulnerable Zone requirements.

Land application of uncollected milk in Scotland regulatory guidance

Contact information

If you are unable to comply with this guidance please contact nationalrural@sepa.org.uk before applying milk to land.

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