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.

Case studies

See all

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How a farmer is benefiting from installing slurry separator

Investing in a slurry separator has reduced labour requirements on a Shropshire dairy unit. Tim Dale installed the separator last autumn to alleviate the need to pump slurry into a…

PIGS

How a pig farmer is using bag tanks to improve slurry storage

A system of bag tank storage is putting a large-scale pig producer a step ahead of legislation that will require slurry stores to be covered by 2027. Pig farmer Andrew…

LIVESTOCK

How a dairy farm is using renewables to reduce fixed costs

An anaerobic digester (AD) plant, changes in cropping and cultivations, and a growing range of electric farm machinery are all helping Stephen Temple reduce fixed costs at Copys Green Farm,…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How organic beef farmers are benefiting from fermenting muck

Organic beef farmers Andy and Nicola Morris have reduced muck-handling requirements by fermenting organic matter and are improving soil health in a quest to sequester carbon. The couple, who run…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Grassland Manager finalists 2020

Excellent grass growth and use is a common theme across all three finalists, who are each running very profitable businesses by making the most from grass and quality forage.  See…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How livestock farms cut fertiliser use with precision system

Livestock farmers in the West Country are adopting precision agriculture techniques to match fertiliser inputs more closely to grassland requirements. The techniques, underpinned by a combined package of computer and…

Practical advice

See all

LIVESTOCK

Advice on buying and retrofitting slurry scrapers

Many farms still opt to install and replace automated slurry scraper systems despite a wide variety of other options coming to market in recent years. Automating slurry management in cubicle…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Muckspreading rules: How dairy farmers will be affected

Farming is in the firing line as the Environment Agency adopts a tougher approach to protecting England’s watercourses from agricultural pollution. Much confusion surrounds the new rules for spreading organic…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Straw-for-muck agreements: The benefits and how to do it

Muck-for-straw exchanges can bring mutual gains for livestock and arable businesses.  The arable business provides straw for bedding and, in return, can integrate organic manure into the soils it uses…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How to attract dung beetles to your livestock farm

Dung beetle populations in the UK are in trouble, says farmer and entomologist Sally-Ann Spence. These insects play a vital role in livestock systems with dung pat management, soil health…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice on growing maize under film, plus the costs

Growing maize under film could increase profit margins by more than £3,000/ha by improving the quality of the crop and increasing milk output. Trial sites run by crop production specialist…

PIGS

Environmental pig permits: Everything you need to comply

Pig farmers must comply with new requirements for environmental permits from 21 February, with key changes relating to slurry store coverage and ammonia emissions reporting. With an increasing number of…

AHDB slurry wizard

Help to calculate your slurry storage requirements

Learn more

Insights

See all

TECHNOLOGY

Cornish firm creates kit to turn slurry emissions into fuel

Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock farming rarely make for happy reading, but a small Cornish firm has come up with a raft of clever techniques for capturing and converting them…

LIVESTOCK

Farming rules for water: What’s in store?

The farming rules for water regulations (2018) (FRfW) were introduced to create a national baseline for good farm practices. They require land managers to take reasonable precautions to prevent diffuse…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Plasma-treatment cuts ammonia loss by up to 90%

Treating slurry or digestate with an electrical plasma wave to lower its pH can reduce ammonia loss and save on nitrogen bills by closing the nitrogen cycle. The cost of…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How acidification of slurry can help reduce ammonia levels

Mild acidification of slurry is a solution to help pig farmers meet targets to reduce ammonia emissions, as outlined in the government's Clean Air Strategy launched earlier this year. The…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Video: High-tech machine to revolutionise slurry pollution

While there has been a reduction in water pollution problems over recent years in England, agriculture is now the sector responsible for the largest number of serious incidents. In this…

Video

See all

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Video: High-tech machine to revolutionise slurry pollution

While there has been a reduction in water pollution problems over recent years in England, agriculture is now the sector responsible for the largest number of serious incidents. In this…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

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

When there is late application of fertiliser and slurry to crops, it is vital important to test grass before cutting for silage. Excess nitrogen is a risk in these fields…