The farmland is mainly heavy clay classified as disadvantaged land and severely disadvantaged land. The farm is set 650ft above sea level and has rainfall of approx 1000mm/m2 annually. This makes water management on the farm challenging. This challenge is heightened by a unique problem. The farmyard has springs rising throughout (picture at bottom of doc). As this yard water is collected, this puts pressure on slurry storage. The farm sits on a slope down to a tributary of the Ballinderry River. Given this close proximity to the river there is a risk of pollution if effluent or slurry escapes to the river.