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Waste more, fert. less! Event Summary

3 October 2017

Interested in using distillery by-products as a fertiliser?Group of farmers in a grass field during the 'Waste more, fert. less!' event near Elgin

This popular event saw 40 gather at Mulben Mains to see a demonstration of the use of distillery digestate as a fertiliser & compare broadcast / bandspread applications.

Gavin Elrick of SAC Consulting showed an example of soil compaction, before discussing soil texture, structure, how to minimise the risk of compaction and how to deal with it.  Gavin later gave a detailed presentation about soil structure and compaction – you can read the slides from this part of the meeting here.

Dr. Audrey Litterick of Earthcare Technical Ltd. gave a very comprehensive presentation on getting the best from distillery by-products for both the farmer and environment. Covering the key properties, application methods, timing of applications and environmental considerations.  Read the presentation slides from this part of the event here.  Gavin Elrick - soil & drainage expert, with his back to the photo, addressing a crowd of farms

It was cleFarming For a Better Climate logoar that distillery by-products are good fertilisers and some are also soil conditioners. They can save farmers money but care has to be taken on when they are applied to get the most from them and minimise any environmental issues.

You can download free software to help plan and manage your nutrient budgets from www.planet4farmers.co.uk.  This software


For more information on how to improve your soil health and manage your nutrients effectively, or on how this can help improve your farm productivity and reduce your carbon footprint, visit the Farming For a Better Climate website.

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