Abbey Machinery LESS Applicators are key to efficiently meeting emissions reduction regulations while saving money through the precise application of valuable, nutrient dense slurry
Abbey Machinery LESS Applicators are key to efficiently meeting emissions reduction regulations while saving money through the precise application of valuable, nutrient dense slurry.
There are a few key steps farms can take to reduce nitrogen emissions (nitrous oxide and ammonia) to the air and the loss of nitrates to water. Most importantly is the better utilization of applied N sources through the efficient use of N in organic manures to improve the carbon footprint of the farm and food produced.
N, P and K nutrients are fundamental to effective food production. Crops rely on balanced nutrition from N, P & K to grow. Healthy grass transfers the nutrients through herd consumption promoting the health and energy of the herd.
In developing a sustainability program, the operator must account for factors such as weather, soil type and local conditions when applying these nutrients to ensure nutrients are applied as efficiently as possible. Abbey Machinery LESS applications work with various technical controls such as NIR and ISOBUS to support slurry nutrient measurements and application control for optimal spreading. It is essential to consider the nutrients that are applied are delivered at the right rate at the right time and in the right place.
Abbey Machinery have a range of mounted and stand-alone low emissions slurry spreading applicators to meet new regulations. Slurry applicator models include a DM Band Spreader, Trailing Shoe, Shallow Disc Injector and Cereal Applicators in a variety of different sizes ranging from 6m to 24 meter depending on the model, all for efficient and precise slurry spreading. Abbey applicators are also built to support umbilical systems.
Included in the Abbey Machinery range is the Trailing Shoe applicator. The Abbey Trailing Shoe technology distributes the slurry on the ground underneath the canopy of the grass. This ensures nutrients are absorbed faster, leaf contamination is reduced, and carbon emissions are reduced to the absolute minimum. As with all LESS equipment the timing and accurate placement of the slurry maximises the optimum nutrition and sustainable quantities of N, P, K to the leafy growing sward. The Trailing Shoe technology parts the grass while applying the slurry to the soil surface and minimise contamination of the leaf. The Trailing Shoe results in up to 60% reduction in N loss (as ammonia) to the atmosphere compared to traditional spreading methods. The Trailing Shoe applicator returns slurry to silage ground recycling nutrients efficiently and maximizing slurry fertilizer
With more focus on sustainability, it will become a competitive advantage for producers with existing carbon management plans. The use of Abbey slurry applicators is one of the biggest opportunities to capitalize on precision nutrient application to further increase the value of the nutrient dense slurry while reducing carbon emissions.
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