Characteristics of organic manure from 'Freewalk' housing, compared with slurry, and their appreciation by farmers

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Abstract

In the EU-project ‘Freewalk’ a new housing system for dairy cattle is investigated in eight countries. In a freewalk housing system cows are provided with an open bedded-pack area for resting and exercise, rather than the individual stalls and concrete alleys in cubicle systems. In most of the freewalk housings a slatted floor is also present in the eating area. The two floor types result in slurry and solid manure. Slurry has a relatively high mineral and low organic matter content. Solid manure has a relatively high organic matter content. In a questionnaire, freewalk farmers and reference cubicle farmers were asked about their appreciation of the two manure types as fertiliser and/or as soil improver on grassland and arable land. Liquid manure types were more frequently appreciated as fertiliser and solid manure as soil improver.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeeting the future demands for grassland production
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 28th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation Helsinki, Finland 19-22 October 2020
EditorsP. Vikajärvi, K. Hakala, M. Hakojärvi, J. Helin, I. Herzon, V. Jokela, S. Peltonen, M. Rinne, M. Seppänen, J. Uusi-Kämppä
PublisherUniversity of Helsinki
Pages686-688
Number of pages3
Volume25
ISBN (Electronic)9789523269453
ISBN (Print)9789523269446
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2020
Event28th General Meeting EGF on "Meeting the future demands for grassland production” - online
Duration: 19 Oct 202022 Oct 2020
http://www.egf2020.fi

Publication series

NameGrassland Science in Europe
PublisherEuropean Grassland Federation EGF
Volume25

Conference

Conference28th General Meeting EGF on "Meeting the future demands for grassland production”
Period19/10/2022/10/20
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