SW9: Seasonal livestock removal on intensive grassland

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the seasonal livestock removal on intensive grassland option.

How much will be paid

£88 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:

  • it drains directly to a watercourse
  • it receives more than 100kg/ha of nitrogen per year
  • it is identified on the Farm Environment Record (FER) as at risk of soil erosion or surface runoff, or has been identified as important for buffering sensitive habitats or species

Where this option cannot be used

  • on parcels within a severely disadvantaged area (SDA)

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 will help improve soil structure, reduce surface runoff and risk of diffuse pollution to the watercourse. Reducing surface runoff may help to reduce the risk of flooding.


  • exclude all livestock from the land for 5 and a half consecutive months during the period 1 September to 15 April; this must include excluding all livestock during the period 1 December 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:

  • input records showing that the grassland has received more than 100kg of nitrogen per ha per year

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 29 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  2. First published.