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Database of manure sampled on case-study farms in the Baltic Sea Region


Manure was sampled from selected dairy, pig and poultry farms in Estonia, Finland, Poland and Sweden. In general, manure was sampled from two points along the manure handling chain on each farm: ex-housing and ex-storage. Ex-housing refers to manure being transported from the housing system to the storage system.

 

In most cases, ex-housing refers to the pumping pit which acts as temporary storage for manure from the housing system before transport to the main manure storage facility. Up to four ex-housing samples were taken during one year on each farm. At least one ex-storage sample was taken from the main manure storage facility just prior to spreading on each farm. In addition to this, ex-animal manure properties at excretion (before mixing with bedding materials and other substrates) were calculated for five dairy, one pig and one poultry farm, based on feed rations and production levels.

 

Differences in manure properties between ex-animal, ex-housing and ex-storage were then used to analyse how management and manure handling techniques affect manure properties in the housing and storage system (Sindhoj et al., 2013). Furthermore, cleaning water added to slurry in the house was measured on two farms in Sweden, presented in the report. Detailed descriptions of the manure handling chain on each of these farms can be found in Sindhöj and Rodhe (2013).

References
Sindhöj, E. & Rodhe L. (Eds), 2013. Manure handling techniques on case-study farms in Baltic Sea Region. Knowledge report, WP3 Innovative technologies for manure handling, Baltic Forum for Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Manure Management (Baltic Manure; www.balticmanure.eu)./ JTI-rapport Lantbruk & Industri nr 409. JTI – Institutet för jordbruks- och miljöteknik, Uppsala.
Sindhöj, E., Kaasik A., Kuligowski K., Sipilä I., Tamm, K., Tonderski A. & Rodhe L., 2013. Manure properties on case-study farms in the Baltic Sea Region. Knowledge report, (Baltic Manure; www.balticmanure.eu). (www.balticmanure.eu) / JTI-rapport Lantbruk & Industri nr 417. JTI – Institutet för jordbruks- och miljöteknik, Uppsala.

The database was prepared as part of Work Package 3 (WP3) “Innovative technology for animal feeding and housing, processing, storage and spreading of manure” within Baltic Manure.

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