Farmer Focus: Spending on slurry storage made sense to us

During the spring, we emptied our slurry pit and unfold the slurry evenly on most of our silage fields.

For us natural farmers, the winter cattle muck is definitely not a farm waste – it’s an asset we’d like to deal with with care, and to use to the utmost.

This is our fertiliser to give silage fields a lift for future crops. Nearly 20 years in the past, once we constructed the principle a part of our constructing, we invested in a system that ensured the slurry may very well be saved in optimum situation.

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Dafydd Parry Jones

Dafydd Parry Jones and spouse Glenys, Machynlleth, Powys, run a closed flock of 750 Texel and Aberfield cross ewes and 70 Hereford cross sucklers cows on 180ha. Their upland natural system makes use of Hereford bulls, Charollais terminal sires and pink clover silage, multi species leys and rotational grazing.

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The constructing was designed to remove any rainwater mixing with slurry. With no open yards, and a roof on the slurry pit, this may very well be achieved.

This initially saved us cash, because it allowed us to create a extra compact footprint for the constructing. It additionally saved the slurry concentrated with out being diluted by water.

As a typical upland farm, our availability of acceptable fields for silage is restricted. Some of our silage fields are up to three miles away from the farmstead.

It doesn’t make enterprise sense to carry rainwater over lengthy distances, losing costly gas and beneficial time at a busy time of yr.

That price would proceed on an annual foundation, over many a long time.

A couple of years after placing up the constructing, we invested once more, this time in roofed muck storage.

This enabled us to retailer muck for a lot of months in a dry, coated surroundings. The muck might warmth up, and no rainwater might get in to drain the vitamins away.

The constructing doubled up as a second silage pit, so it justified the funding.

Over the years, laws have been launched to regulate the spreading of slurry. When we’ve attended seminars advising us on the matter, it’s usually recommended that the issue just isn’t slurry, however soiled water, attributable to extreme rainwater coming into the system.

Managing our home-produced vitamins has by no means been so vital.

The price of importing the vitamins onto the farm in fertiliser type is gigantic.

The hidden advantage of all that is peace of thoughts is that we’ve eradicated the necessity to frequently discover home windows of alternative to unfold slurry on frosty mornings throughout winter. Over undulating floor corresponding to ours, this may very well be a really harmful job.

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