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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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…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How slurry inoculants helped halve farmer fertiliser use

Somerset dairy farmer James Read has halved his fertiliser bill by using a slurry inoculant. When Mr Read replaced his parlour with robots in 2008, it meant housing had to…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How a slurry robot is helping reduce disease on dairy farm

Following the installation of four robot milkers 14 months ago, Devonshire farmer Steve Davey realised the need to find a solution to conventional slurry scraping in cubicle sheds. “After we…

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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…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How to protect watercourses from pollution and grants to help

All livestock pose a year-round risk to water courses. The risks will vary depending on environmental conditions and whether stock are housed or at grass. However, steps can be taken…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How slurry cooling technology can cut ammonia on pig units

Slurry cooling technology is an effective way to reduce ammonia emissions from indoor pig production, and the heat recovered can be used elsewhere on the farm, reducing bills and cushioning…

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…

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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…

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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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…

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…