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Slurry Treatment for a Slatted Shed - Where should we treat?

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Slurry Treatment for a Slatted Shed - Where should we treat?
By Wynnstay Agriculture 2 months ago

Follow our guide to perform adequate slurry treatment in a slatted shed. Slurry Treatment will reduce the crusting and create a homogenised and easy to handle slurry.

Step 1: Work out the quantity of slurry in the slatted shed.

Imperial: Multiply the length by breadth by depth in feet and multiply by 6.25 to give the amount in gallons. To calculate the number of pots required, a 1kg pot of Slurry Treatment treats 100,000 gallons.

Metric: Multiply the length by breadth by depth in metres to give total cubic metres of slurry. A 1kg pot of Slurry Treatment treats 450 cubic metres.

Step 2: Once the amount of slurry is known then treat in the four corners of the slatted shed. We recommend a double dose to start. If the slats are ½ - ¾ full then it will require a good stir before adding Slurry Treatment. A small amount of GENTLE agitation as the Slurry Treatment is added to the lagoon can be a benefit but only for 1 – 5 minutes. The reason for this is that the bacteria can become damaged upon prolonged agitation. Add Slurry Treatment under any crust present, gentle agitation will break up the crust which is very beneficial.

Step 3: Weekly applications should be then made in different areas of the slatted shed, again making sure adequate Slurry Treatment is added for maximum performance.

Note: Slurry Treatment will reduce the crusting and create a homogenised and easy to handle slurry. It will increase the dry matter by about 3 – 5% and it will still be easy to pump. With the increase in dry matter, the quality of the nutrients also improve. This can allow a reduction in the application of fertiliser over 2 - 3 years by as much as 2/3rds. We then start to create healthier soils with increased microbial activity. Slurry Treatment also helps to create a slurry which is alkaline and we find less need to apply lime to the fields.

For more information on Water & Slurry management, speak to a member of the Wynnstay Hardware Team.