Field Lab: Anaerobic Digestion (SFIN)
07 November 2013 10:30 - 07 November 2013 15:30
Cream o’ Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet
This is the first field lab to be held in Scotland, and will focus on the role of anaerobic digestate within the whole farm system. It will be a participatory event, giving attendees a chance to ask questions, share ideas, help set up the field lab/farm study and to contribute to discussions and to the trial itself.
Innovative Organic dairy farmer David Finlay has recently installed a whole new modern dairy unit on the farm, including milking parlour, silage pit, slurry tower and anaerobic digester. By putting the slurry through the anaerobic digester its value as a fertilizer is not only improved but the process also has reduced toxicity to invertebrates. With this in mind Mr Finlay is interested in comparing the effects of digestate and slurry on silage growth rates. The group will look at preliminary results from a small pilot study conducted by Mr Finlay this year, and will design the main trial to begin in 2014.
Anaerobic digestion of animal slurries on farms involves bacteriological breakdown of organic matter to produce digested effluent (digestate). Digestate is lower in pollution potential, has less odour, contains fewer viable weed seeds, has fewer pathogens than the input slurry and is an excellent biofertiliser. And it will produce lots of electricity and hot water for the farm too! Some Dutch and Danish work has shown the fertiliser value of digestate from cattle slurry to be significantly higher than that of whole cattle slurry. The digester also forms an integral part of the new system which will make the farm more robust through improved resource efficiency and closing the production cycle.
This event is free of charge to farmers and producers, and £40 to others. Please note that places are limited as group size will be restricted, therefore booking is required.
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For further information please call Colleen on 0131 666 2474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This programme is supported by the SRDP Skills Development Scheme, Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme, Forestry Commission Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland.