CAFRE releases ‘The Ammonia Challenge’ video

Date published: 11 January 2019

CAFRE has prepared a short video entitled ‘The Ammonia Challenge’ which shows how ammonia has become a threat to sensitive habitats, that farming is the predominant source of ammonia and finally it looks at some useful techniques to reduce ammonia emissions.

Slurry application using the trailing shoe system significantly reduces ammonia emissions and that means much more of the nitrogen from slurry is available to the crop.

Ammonia is a powerful air pollutant and a reactive form of nitrogen. Agriculture is responsible for 94% of atmospheric ammonia emissions in N. Ireland. High levels of ammonia are harmful to sensitive habitats and species and human health. Nitrogen loss through ammonia emissions also reduces the fertiliser value of slurry and manure.

The video shows some methods of reducing ammonia emissions that are being employed at CAFRE and these include increased grazing, reduced protein in livestock diets, advanced livestock flooring and slurry storage systems and slurry application using the trailing shoe system.

View the video at: CAFREtv / YouTube - 'The CAFRE Ammonia Challenge'

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