Abbey Machinery writes the ‘book’ on slurry management

Abbey Machinery of Nenagh (Co. Tipperary) has long held the view that slurry should be treated as a resource rather than a waste product to simply be gotten rid of in the most expedient manner.

To this end, the company produces a slurry management guide. It breaks down the process of slurry management/disposal into six key stages.

We list the relevant headings below. For all of the gory detail, you’ll have to read the guide itself.

1: Storage and preparation

As animals only utilise 15-20% of what they eat, the surplus nutrients can easily go to waste if slurry is not handled efficiently.

2: Transportation

On this topic, Abbey points out that it has a line-up of 38 different tankers – from 900 to 6,000 gallons; these include models that are designated ‘Standard’, ‘Recess’, ‘Tandem’ and ‘Tridem’.

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3: Application

In order to accurately apply slurry, the company offers several application methods, including: inverted splash-plates; vertical trailing shoes; ‘Tri-App’; disc injectors; and band spreaders in various sizes.

4: Environmental considerations

Aerial (splash-plate) application of slurry reduces the nitrogen available to the crop and increases the ammonia released to the atmosphere.

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Abbey claims that its applicators significantly improve nitrogen utilisation by placing the slurry “where it works best”.

5: Soil compaction

Every effort needs to be made to minimise soil compaction, or so says the manufacturer. This is especially the case when soil tends to be wetter.

6: Nutrient management

To assist with this, Abbey offers flow-control technology – to “accurately apply precise rates of slurry, based on forward speed”.