14 April 1995

Money seen as menace

MUCK is still perceived as a menace, rather than holding a realistic monetary value, a recent survey reveals.

Members of the Royal Agricultural Society of England were asked whether they took mucks fertiliser value into account when disposing of it. Some 70% declared they did – but only 12% of respondents had ever had muck analysed for its nutrient content.

Nearly 90% were aware of MAFFs codes of practices concerned with spreading manure. But only 25% had carried out a soil survey to establish areas where muck could be safely spread.

Just under half, 45%, of respondents found the codes of practice easy to comply with. The rest disagreed. Of these, 52% said weather conditions were rarely correct, 27% blamed unsuitable soil types, and 20% admitted the regulations were too complicated.