Bokashi Manure Treatment is said to have a number of benefits, including:
- Improved health of housed animals;
- Lower odours;
- Drier bedding;
- Reduced incidence of flies;
- Reduced nutrient losses in the finished manure;
- Reduced manure management costs;
- Reduced carbon footprint associated with manure management.
The trials will take place on two farms over a three-year trial.
- Animal bedding and dung in the housing will be sprayed with a liquid mixture of microorganisms (known as Effective Microorganisms or EM®) . This will be provided by Agriton.
- Once the animals have been removed from the housing, the bedding and dung are taken out, mixed and covered with an impermeable membrane (usually plastic) and left for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
- The resulting dung can be used in the same way as dung produced by other means
- Manures made through the Bokashi process will be compared with those made using standard farming practice on both farms
- Basic soil testing and evaluation will be conducted at the start of the 3 year project (before application of the Bokashi manures/control manures) and at the end of the project.
Discussions will also take place with other farmers and community farms in the Field Lab who will also be trialling the bokashi method, to draw on their experiences of using the process.