Efficient and environmentally good use of manure for protection of watercourses

Project information

Index: 1237R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Water management
Location SUOMI / FINLAND MANNER-SUOMI Kuopio Itä-Suomi Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2011

Topic of the practice

The practice is focused on enhancement of efficient use of manure on dairy farms and thus to diminish the nutrient runoff from farming. Different methods (manure separation, use of gypsum and biocarbon) are tested in Eastern Finland. Practical information on the best practices is disseminated to farms by advisory visits, demonstrative events, guidance material and farmhouse meetings

Good Practice Information

Over half of the nutrient load of Finnish watercourses comes from agriculture. Moreover, prices of the artificial fertilizers have risen. Average number of livestock units has grown and some areas lack of sufficient fields for manure spreading. It is important that farms will concentrate on production methods that are economically and environmentally efficient.
Goals are to
• Reduce nutrient pollution, and to focus on agricultural water protection issues
• Increase awareness of the benefits of environmental protection
• Find and to transfer the most effective methods into practice
• Promote multisectoral cooperation and to pool information and know-how
• Stakeholders: farmers, agricultural advisors, teachers, researchers and planners, authorities

Evidence of success

There have been in the project 170 study farms, which farm advisors have visited. Farms have received guidance for suitable practices (in manure management, erosion control etc.) and for cooperation with nearby farms. These recommendations are taken into action by voluntary basis. Project happenings (work presentations, social meetings etc.), altogether 80, had 2100 participants.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Arja Ruokojärvi

Savonia University of Applied Sciences



Annex completed on: 11-28-2014

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