Fertile Farm provides a service to the poultry industry by removing manure from grower chicken farms. This product can be value added or fortified by adding trace elements and/or microbial inoculums as a custom blend to best suit your soil improvement program.
SUPPLY: We can deliver large volumes of bulk manure to your property in a timely manner that works for your grazing or cropping operation. Recent analysis of the manure contents can be provided by contacting us and we can fax or email the details back to you. We can also custom blend the manure by adding sulfur, trace elements and functional microbial cultures to improve product efficacy and reduce odors.
We can work through all the numbers to compare “apples with apples” to help you determine if manure is right for your farm, and how to taylor it to suit your particular soil and production system with advice on application rates and use in conjunction with other products and practices.
HOW IT WORKS: The Carbon and organic nutrients supplied by the manure acts as a feed stock for the existing microbial population in the soil which respires most of the carbon as carbon dioxide leaving the nutrients in the plant available form. To increase stable soil carbon levels manures should be composted with other forms of organic material so that once applied, soil humus is increased via a series of complex decomposition phases.
Chicken manure can act as a substitute for chemical fertiliser. Water soluble nutrients tend to make the root zone or rhizosphere of the plant lazy. When nutrient is able to be taken up with water there is no requirement for the roots to forage or the plant to feed the microbes around the roots with the exudate’s required to extract nutrients from existing soil nutrient pools. This results in a weak plant prone to insect and disease pressures.
When nutrient is supplied naturally it comes in a more suitable balance and concentration resulting in higher mineral integrity in both the plant and the produce turned off. We have observed excellent results using chicken manure on pasture country, irrigated lucerne, cotton and all broadacre farming systems. FEED THE SOIL!!
Graziers should be aware of the “Best practice guidelines for using poultry litter on pastures” available from the NSW DPI / Industry and Investment website. This publication recommends that stock be excluded from areas where manure is dumped or stored, and not allowed back into graze areas treated or spread with chicken manure for about 3 weeks after spreading is complete.