A resources management web information service for south west farmers.
FYM & Slurry
The managing manures section is a great resource when considering efficient and effective use of farm yard manures (FYM) and slurry. The pages in this section are summerised below.
Manure use efficiency
Lists top tips for efficient use of organic manure in arable and grassland systems, guidance on spreading systems and how spreading methods effect of nutrient availability and managing manures of organic farms. Read more here.
Diffuse water pollution
These pages offer system specific short, medium and long term guidance on managing diffuse pollution. Areas covered include, soil management, fertiliser management, manure management, farm infrastructure changes, crop breeding, land use changes. Information on each management practice is presented in a why, how, what format and links to further information downloads.
Click on a system/enterprise to find out more
Nitrate Vulnerable Zones
Guidance on nutrient application, storage requirements, record keeping and derogations. If you unsure if your farm is within an NVZ, you can find out here.
Determine your storage solutions and allow SWARM Hub to talk you through the process, considerations, and costings related to the construction on an earth lined lagoon. Read more here.
Nutrient Management Planning
Breaks down nutrient management planning into easy to follow steps, highlights the benefits of implementing a plan, and demonstrates what other farmers are doing on-farm. Read more here.
Nutrient content of slurry
If you do not know the nutrient content of your manure, how do you know what rate you should be applying them and how much bagged fertiliser is required? Read more here.
This page takes you through how to prepare manure and slurry samples for analysis and the interpretation of the results. Read more here.
Photographic representations of different spreading rates of manure and slurry form various origins and the average nutrient provision. Read more here.
Limitations of broadcast spreading (with emphasis on nutrient loss) and descriptions and comparisons of other methods to consider. Read more here.
Issues associated with uneven spreading, guidance on how to maintain and calibrate your spreader, and best practice when spreading. Read more here.
Nutrient Management Planning
See above section of the same name. Read more here.
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If you use gas monitors, the resource stresses that they are only effective if properly maintained should not be used as a substitute for the Slurry Mixing Code (also outlined). As gas can rise rapidly, you may not have sufficient time to escape. However, monitors are a useful tool for determining if it is safe to return to your shed.
Face masks will not offer any protection, and escape hoods should only be used in an emergency.
Remember, never enter the tank.
Download ‘Mixing slurry safely’ by HSENI here.
Gas is released whenever the slurry is disturbed and will be released quicker or in larger quantities if other substances are added. As it is heavier than air, the gas will collect at ground level in poorly ventilated areas.
The information sheet provides detailed safety precautions. A short summary of which is that when there is no ventilation system in place, it is best to work on breezy day. Your activities should be communicated with everyone on farm and those likely to enter the farm, all cattle and livestock should be removed from the building and all mixing points should be covered. It is important to leave the area ventilated for a minimum of 30 minutes before returning. Remember, as the gas is flammable, naked flames have no place here.
Gas monitors are a useful safety measure but may react too slowly to rapidly rising gas concentrations. In addition, they may be ineffective without expert maintenance, calibration and storage.
If someone finds themselves in danger, do not attempt to retrieve them or stop the pump unless date to do so, The vest course of action is to call for help.
Steps should be taken to prevent unauthorised entry to the store in the form of perimeter protection. Below ground store covers should be able to withstand the adequate weight stress and gaps between slats should be no wider than 75mm. The information sheet provides a list of structural requirements for such.
Modern stores can be designed to eliminate the need for entry.
The information sheet also outlines the maintenance requirements of scraping points and ramps, and slurry storage towers. Indications that there may be an issue include leaks, blowing or crashing, spalling or flaking concrete, and corrosion.
Download ‘Managing slurry on farms’ by HSE here.