Know How / Slurry and manure management

Every livestock farm has to deal with waste and with the increasing focus on environmental impact, it’s key it is managed appropriately.

These articles include guidance on legislation, regulation, storage systems and making the most of slurry and manure.

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SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Ways to cut farm ammonia emissions before rules comes in

Dairy and beef farmers are likely to be most affected by Defra’s proposed controls for fertiliser, manure and slurry management and applications. The proposals, which also cover livestock housing design…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How to ‘home-test’ grass to know when to cut for silage

With late application of fertiliser and slurry to crops this spring, it has never been more important to test grass before cutting for silage. Excess nitrogen is a risk in…

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8 new rules for water and what they mean for farmers

From April 2018 livestock farmers in England must comply with a new set of farming rules for water. There are eight rules, five about managing fertilisers and manures and three…

How to reduce pressure on slurry stores and build new ones

Slurry and manure storage is often a limiting factor when expanding your herd size or housing stock for longer. But there are ways to reduce the pressure on existing storage…

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Case studies

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Two dairy farmers on meeting NVZ regs to expand herds

Financial and planning considerations generally dictate herd expansion in dairy systems, but for farmers in nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs), environmental regulation can be the principal obstacle to increasing cow numbers.…

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Cut slurry volume when expanding your herd

A series of simple and cost-effective changes to slurry and effluent controls have allowed a Welsh dairy farm to reduce its storage requirements post-herd expansion and comply with pollution directives.…

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Top dairy farmer cuts fertiliser costs by two-thirds

Using manures better on grassland has helped the current Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year to cut the amount of purchased fertiliser by two-thirds. One of many trials being…

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Pig slurry power helps cut farm heating bills

Pig slurry is being used to heat farm buildings in Northumberland thanks to a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester. The £1.2m anaerobic digestion facility with an average electrical output of 75kW is…

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Insights

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Guide details how farmers can reduce ammonia emissions

A  guide published on Friday (27 July) sets out the steps farmers, advisers and contractors can take to reduce ammonia emissions and help improve air quality. The Code of Good…

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How adding inoculant to slurry can reduce fertiliser bills

Exploiting the nutrient value of slurry by using an inoculant has the potential to make substantial savings against a farm's annual fertiliser bill. Research by Lancaster University is exploring the…

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News

COMPLIANCE

New rules announced for slurry spreading in drought

The Environment Agency (EA) has introduced special measures for spreading slurry or milk in England in exceptional weather circumstances in order to minimise soil damage and water pollution during this…

First-cut silage faces high risk of slurry contamination

Farmers taking first-cut silage could be at a high risk of slurry contamination and poor fermentation of grass crops this year, with the exceptionally wet weather shortening the window between…

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New system could reduce slurry volume by 80%

A new slurry dewatering and purification system could reduce the volume of slurry by 80%, making it easier to store and spread. The research project is being driven by Coleg…

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Wet weather increases risk of pollution from slurry spreading

Farmers are being urged to plan carefully before spreading manure following persistent wet weather since the summer. The slurry spreading closed period has either already ended or is due to…

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GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How to ‘home-test’ grass to know when to cut for silage

With late application of fertiliser and slurry to crops this spring, it has never been more important to test grass before cutting for silage. Excess nitrogen is a risk in…

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