Are you worried about handling and application of farm manures and their value?

If so, please contact the experts at ADAS.

Rules on the spreading of manures are tightening across the country as regulators push for cleaner river catchments. Agriculture is not immune to this but farmers should view all farm manures as an asset and not a waste.

A manure management plan is an important document for farmers who generate or import manures on their holdings. A regularly updated plan will help identify when, where and at what rate to spread farmyard manure, slurry, and other organic materials such as poultry manure and digestate, and confirm whether there is enough usable safe spreading area on the farm.

A manure management plan provides important information to enable the farmer to make appropriate decisions for their business.  Plans are a common requirement of Farm Assurance schemes, and frequently required by planners and Government Agencies in relation to new or expanding enterprises.

Why do I need one?

  • Stay within the rules and help avoid pollution

Under the Good Code of Agricultural and Environmental practice, you should not spread more than 250Kg/ha of total nitrogen per annum from organic manures (includes sewage sludge and digestate) on any field. The ADAS report will identify and quantify areas where you can/ cannot spread and the most appropriate time of year.

  • Improve nutrient use efficiency and save money on fertiliser

A projected whole farm annual nitrogen loading is also calculated, based on output from all stock. Farmers in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone need to work on a farm loading of 170 kg/N/ha, assuming they do not obtain a derogation. Calculation of total phosphate produced on the holding, along with phosphate loading for the farm, allows manures to be valued and risks to water quality to be assessed. The impact of Imported/exported manures and the implications for the business are identified.

On-site manure analysis for available nitrogen informs decisions on application rates and target fields.

Contact our Agriculture and Land Management team to enquire –