New article: Industrial livestock farms can achive a nutrient cycle

Author: BalticSea2020
Year published: 2019

Animal manure has always been used as a nutrient in crop production. As livestock farming became increasingly industrialized, farms became so big that there was not enough land available for dispersing the manure they produced. Without proper management, nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) are released from the manure. The nitrogen is released into the air and contributes to climate change. The phosphorus enters watercourses and contributes to eutrophication in lakes and seas.

In 2010, BalticSea2020 started a long-term research and action program aiming to identify technologies and methods for minimizing the risk of nutrients leaching from manure. To enable it to be implemented, the project required a large-scale livestock farm that was open to changing processes and working methods. That farm was in Przybkowo, Poland. For almost two years now, the farm has a new line for minimizing nutrient leaching by safely storing, managing and spreading manure. We visited the farm to see how the new line works and how it has affected the farm and its nutrient balance.

Read the article Industrial livestock farms can achieve a nutrient cycle here.

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