SW10: Seasonal livestock removal on grassland in SDAs next to streams, rivers and lakes

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the seasonal livestock removal on grassland in SDAs next to streams, rivers and lakes option.

How much will be paid

£36 per hectare (ha).

Where to use this option

Available for Mid Tier and Higher Tier

Whole parcel

Only on grassland that meets each of the following requirements:

  • permanent grassland that drains directly into a watercourse and is prone to waterlogging, compaction or poaching, where it is important to remove livestock during the winter
  • in a severely disadvantaged area (SDA) and below the moorland line

How this option will benefit the environment

Livestock will be removed at particular times of the year from fields adjacent to a watercourse that are prone to waterlogging, compaction or poaching. This option will help enhance water quality by reducing the input of nutrients and sediment to streams, rivers and lakes caused by surface runoff and the leaching of nutrients from adjacent farmland.


  • exclude all livestock from the land from 1 October to 15 March

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • field operations at the parcel level, including associated invoices
  • stock records to show grazing activity on each parcel

Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • evidence that the parcel is prone to waterlogging, compacting or poaching and drains directly to a watercourse

The following options can be located on the same area as this option:

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this option.

Storing manures and moving livestock

Applicants should not:

  • store manure on the site
  • cause soil damage on other parcels by removing livestock from the site
  • apply any fertilisers or manures from 15 August to 31 January

as doing so might breach cross compliance and other regulations.

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 10 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated for 2017 applications.
  2. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.