Spring has sprung and summer is here. For many, the stock housing is empty as the livestock are out grazing, and the slurry store is nearly empty. now is a good time to reflect on the winter worries of the rising tide of the slurry in the store or lagoon and start thinking about minimising the volume of slurry on the farm before looking at
increasing slurry storage capacity.
We at Kebek Ltd have worked with many farmers to
design slurry stores and have found that 90% of farmers have a rainwater problem and not a slurry storage problem.
Have a chat with us first if you are thinking about increasing the slurry storage capacity on your farm.
When considering increasing the slurry storage
capacity on a farm, it is common to think that building
the biggest slurry store possible is the best way to
manage slurry and safeguard against causing pollution. However, building a larger slurry store is more expensive and results in greater volumes of slurry/dirty water needing to be stored and spread. Both adding significant cost.
Our suggestion is to first look at your existing slurry
management system and the existing slurry storage capacity on
your farm, and consider ways in which you can maximise the nutrient
value of the manure produced, avoid contaminating clean rainwater with slurry where possible and ensure that the slurry storage capacity of the farm fits in with your farming needs.
How much slurry storage capacity do you need?
Over the past two years, there have been rumbles that the law associated with slurry storage capacity and the application of slurry to land was due to be changed for us in Wales. We are one step closer as the Welsh government have recently issued the draft new regulations called the Water Resources (Control of Agricultural Pollution) (Wales) Regulations 2020. The advice from the Welsh government is that these draft regulations will remain pending until the Coronavirus situation subsides.
We can advise on the existing current legislation of the Silage Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil regulations – SSAFO regulations and these new draft regulations, thereby future proofing your farm business.
Aled Rees of Trefere Fawr Farm, Cardigan says:
“We wanted peace of mind, so we went for a two pronged approach; we wanted to know if we had enough slurry storage and we also needed help with the planning application and sizing of the effluent tank
for our new silage