Specialised slurry inoculants cuts crust formation by third
A new slurry inoculant containing specialised strains of bacteria and fungi has been found to reduce crust formation on slurry stores by almost a third, helping farmers to improve slurry management and reduce the need for bought-in fertilisers.
SlurryBugs and SlurryBugs Maintenance have been redeveloped by bedding and inoculants specialists EnviroSystems following one of the most comprehensive and robust studies on slurry additives. They first created SlurryBugs 20 years ago, continually improving it throughout the years.
However, the latest research has resulted in the production of an entirely new product thanks to the development and fine-tuning of specialist bacteria and fungi. A two-year study, funded by Innovate UK and conducted in collaboration with Myerscough College, Preston, shortlisted almost 30 strains of bacteria and fungi and narrowed it down to a final five, which were tested under laboratory-controlled conditions.
These microorganisms were found to work most effectively on maximising the complex lignocellulosic biochemical pathways within slurry stores. The results showed: 29% reduction in Crust Formation by using SlurryBugs and 23% reduction when using SlurryBugs Maintenance; 10-15% increase in each of the following nutrients in the treated slurry (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphur). This is because organic materials are released into the slurry when the crust is broken down. New studies are currently in progress to look at this further.
Apply for a free year supply of SlurryBugs worth £1,000. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2024. Email: email@example.com
RABDF DELIVER BEST DAIRY-TECH EVENT TO DATE
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, the organiser of the UK’s flagship dairy event, record last week’s event (Wednesday…
New blood test from Bimeda beats off competitors to win Royal Dairy Innovation Award
ImmnuIGY Bovine IgG from Bimeda was named winner of the Royal Dairy Innovation Award at Dairy-Tech last week (7 February)….
Harper Adams victorious once again in this year’s Dairy Student Award
Jon Witter, a student at Harper Adams University, has beaten off five other finalists in a closely fought contest to…