Pig Slurry

With the first cuts of silage now completed for most farmers, the slurry spreading season is in full swing. Many farmers have already coated their fields over the past few weeks.

Some farmers are turning to pig slurry as a cost-effective alternative to chemical fertilizers. However, recent years have seen debates on its viability, with many pork producers now charging for it due to the increasing costs and feed pressures they face.

Teagasc has recently assessed the value of pig slurry, providing farmers with information on its nutrient value and cost equivalent per 1,000 gallons.

Pig Slurry Price:

According to Teagasc, pig slurry is worth €32/1,000 gallons, or 1m3 (4.3% solids) is worth €7.14.

Therefore, a 4,000 gallon tank-load of pig slurry would have a nutrient value of €128.

1,000 gallons has the equivalent nutrient value to a 50kg bag of 19:7:20, according to Teagasc.

Farmers using larger quantities of chemical fertiliser will no doubt be analysing their fertiliser budget for this year and finding ways to make savings where possible.

The use of pig slurry is just one way farmers may be able to reduce costs for the remainder of the year.

New Regulations for Spreading Slurry: 

Last year saw a number of new rules and changes to existing rules which affect farmers when importing slurry and spreading slurry and buying compound fertiliser. Farmers should complete a nutrient management plan first to assess their nutrient needs against slurry import rules. More information can be found here – New Regulations. 

Farmers using larger quantities of chemical fertiliser will no doubt be analysing their fertiliser budget for this year and finding ways to make savings where possible.

The use of pig slurry is just one way farmers may be able to reduce costs for next year.

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