Slurry is considered a waste product on most farms but in reality this couldn’t be further form the truth. When Slurry, and FYM, is applied to the soil the soil-crop-animal-manure cycle is complete. The soil grows the crops that are fed to the animals and the manure produced is used to feed the soil. The soil is the base of this cycle and arguably the most important part of it. Farmers feed their animals with the finest quality feed they can produce and / or buy yet when it comes to the soil no care is taken.
Slurry is toxic liquid that temporarily has a negative effect on the soil. It is not until soil microbes process the slurry and turn it into a useable product that any benefit is felt. That’s assuming the rain hasn’t washed it away first. Treating your slurry with EM pre-digests the slurry meaning that as soon as it is applied the nutrients within can be used. There is the also the significant benefit of retaining more nutrients within the slurry lagoon, reducing the crust, smell and even flies.
When thinking about slurry treatment there is one important factor you need to consider. What is actually going into your slurry lagoon? Dairy chemicals, disinfectant, footbath solution, wormers and antibiotics are all designed to kill microbes. Adding any microbial slurry treatment, such as EM, would be futile without conditioning the slurry first. Conditioning the slurry neutralises the harmful substances that find there way into the lagoon. A weekly application, based on Livestock Units (LU), of N-Hance is all that is needed to counter these effect and allow the microbes to work effectively.
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