Efficient and environmentally good use of manure for protection of watercourses
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
Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Annex completed on: 11-28-2014