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Poultry litter: alternative fertiliser and ways to increase soil organic carbon
Summary This project will evaluate pasture and soil responses to different rates of poultry litter, in comparison to inorganic fertiliser, at 2 sites in northern Victoria. The project will also develop guidelines on how to use poultry litter, to achieve similar levels of pasture production to inorganic fertilisers. Current information on safe handling/use of poultry litter to reduce animal health risks to grazing ruminants will be reviewed, updated and incorporated in the guidelines. Three workshops will be conducted for producers (and some advisors) to improve the confidence, knowledge and skills of sheep/cattle producers and achieve greater adoption of poultry litter as an alternative fertiliser.
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation The University of Melbourne
Objective summary 1. Evaluate and demonstrate methods of using poultry litter as an alternative source of nutrients (phosphorus in particular) for pastures.
2. Promote and support adoption of the use of alternative fertilisers and practices that are cost effective and can improve soil organic carbon.
3. Evaluate if the use of poultry litter, broadcast on the soil surface, can increase the rates at which total soil organic carbon and more stable forms of carbon (humus) are built up, in comparison to use of inorganic fertilisers (NB: Objective 3 is the subject of a project proposal submitted to the DAFF Climate Change Research program).
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Monday, June 01, 2009
Project completion date Saturday, August 31, 2013
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal CME-Manage the environment for sustainable development
Principal researcher Lisa Warn
Research manager Kylie Hewson
Admin contact Trish Kendal