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Generally in theory/practise do straw based piggery systems create a more nuisance-free environment in comparison to the more traditional slurry systems?
Thursday, 24 June 2010
This may largerly be dependant upon good management practise however it is my experience that straw based systems provide a significant improvement for the prevention of malodours and manure for land application? Please can you comment to support or provide evidence otherwise.
What is the cost of IPPC on a straw based unit, and is it hard to do?
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Firstly IPPC in England is now covered by the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR), which is rather confusing.
I have to calculate whether we have enough dirty water capacity for 6 months storage. Are there standard figures to calculate liquid output per pig?
Thursday, 4 February 2010
I can calculate quantities amounting from rainfall on outside concrete and roofs but cannot discover how to estimate what the animals themselves produce. I have a reasonable idea of water consumption but clearly not all that water ends up in the lagoon.
I am producing some costings for a farmer to cover his lagoon, and find your document looking at the practicalities of different types of cover very useful. I was wondering whether you have any average costs available for each option, or know a source of such information that you could send to me?
Thursday, 23 October 2008
It is very difficult to put a cost on the different covering options as not only the type of cover, but the size and shape of the lagoon, ease of installation all influence the outcome, to make matters worse the exchange rate against the Euro will also have an impact along with the cost of oil for the synthetic types. I suggest that you are best speaking to the suppliers.
Tanlake Farm and Machinery are probably the most experienced at installing floating synthetic covers in the UK and have done a couple up in the Banff area. One difficulty with these is the lagoon has to be completely cleaned out and emptied before installation.
If you would like to discuss this in more detail contact Nigel Penlington: 01908 844276
I run a 2600 place straw based nursery unit in close proximity to a number of residential properties. Please could you advise on best practice to control flies?
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Traditionally flies are thought of as a seasonal problem. However now, with the tendency for warmer, wetter weather all year round, frequently they can become a year round issue. Therefore on-going control programmes are essential to keep fly populations at low levels.

Whether it is the common house fly, blue bottle, stable or fruit flies good housekeeping and levels of hygiene can go a long way towards helping to keep fly populations down, but sometimes this is just not enough. When further measures are necessary there are a variety of methods that can be used including flytraps, baits, paints, knockdown or residualsprays and biological predators.

A crucial factor for any control programme is to BREAK THE LIFE CYCLE and therefore it is necessary to use both larvacides at the breeding sites, as well adulticides.

Whichever product(s) you are using read the product labels and use them correctly, ensuring that these are appropriate for the species you are trying to control and the stage, frequently you will need to use a combination of products.

Follow the instructions do not take shortcuts, use the correct rates and remember you may need to alternate products during the year, resistance can develop quite rapidly.