Description of practice

Animal manure is commonly applied to supply nutrients to a field. Addition of organic matter is generally a secondary objective, but it is an important way of avoiding soil organic matter depletion. There is a potential risk of eutrophication affecting water quality.

Examples of how to use animal manure Further information
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AMP62 01

Farmyard manure

Farmyard manure is a mixture of dung, urine, bedding material and fodder residues left to decompose for > 4 months. It is spread using a rear discharge spreader or wheelbarrow and incorporated into the soil to increase soil fertility and structure.


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AMP62 02

Chicken manure

Chicken manure should be mixed with straw before application. It contains high levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and improves soil structure. It can also be used for composting.


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AMP62 03


Animals are corralled on cropland for the mutual benefit of both crop farmers and pastoralists. Crop residues are used as fodder and animal dung is used as a fertilizer.


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AMP62 04

Manure application in dripper points

Manure is annually applied to holes dug at the foot of orchard trees underneath the nozzle locations of a drip irrigation system. This enhances soil organic content over the long term, impacting orchard productivity and making the trees less prone to pests and diseases.


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