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Farming Calendar - March 2012

Dates for Your Diary – March 2012

Keep your farming calendar up to date with our guide below, put together in partnership with Scotland’s Environmental and Rural Services (SEARS).

These are some of the key dates and deadlines for application forms, licences etc. The list is not exhaustive, and some dates may change. Keep in touch with your local department for the latest information.

• Farmers starting to cultivate for spring crops are reminded that they must keep at least two metres away from the top of the banks of any rivers and burns.

• Farmers starting to apply slurries and manures to their land must remember to keep ten metres away from any watercourse. This rule, introduced in January 2012, applies to all of Scotland, not just areas designated an NVZ.

• 15 March 2012 - the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) pack 2012, which includes the Single Application Form (SAF) 2012, will be posted out to producers who submitted a paper SAF 2011 on 15 March 2012. On the same day customers will be able to submit their SAF 2012 online on Rural Payments Online (RPO).

• Additionally, last year customers were informed that if they submitted their SAF 2011 online they would not be sent a paper IACS pack in 2012. About 10,500 customers submitted their SAF 2011 online and the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate will shortly be writing to those customers to tell them about the deadlines for submitting their SAF 2012 and remind them they will not be getting a paper pack.

• Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has announced changes to its management structure in Scotland taking effect from 1 February which affect some senior veterinary management positions, as a consequence of the merger of the former Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Animal Health and parts of Defra’s Food and Farming Group. There are no changes to front-line roles in the field or laboratories or supporting functions, but the existing Divisional Veterinary Manager (DVM) role will disappear and in its place will be a single Operations Director Scotland and two senior veterinary posts, known as Veterinary Leads.

You can find information about Scotland: National Rural Network regional events at

For more information on SEARS visit


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