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

New slurry purification system starts operating at Welsh College

A dairy farm with a 500-cow herd could potentially make savings of nearly £50,000/year and reduce its risk of polluting watercourses by removing the water from slurry and purifying it,…

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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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Slurry store cuts fertiliser costs for dairy producer

Buying a 1350cu m (300,000gal) slurry store has been money well spent for dairy producer John Davies, after cutting his fertiliser bill by a third. Previously Mr Davies had been…

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Guide to safe storage and spreading of slurry and fertiliser

Farmers are coming under increasing environmental pressure when it comes to safe use of manures and fertilisers. New legislation requires all farmers to meet Nitrate Vulnerable Zone standards, whether they…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Guide to fertiliser terminology and spreading equipment

Applying fertiliser and manure is a key part of good grassland management. However, with farmers under increasing environmental pressure to cut water and atmospheric pollution, we take a look at…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Top tips for how to take on dangerous job of mixing slurry

Farmers are being warned by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) to take extra care when planning the dangerous job of mixing slurry. Slurry gas is a…

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…

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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…

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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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

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…