Get your slurry analysed for nutrient content
Knowing the quality of your slurry can help make decisions on application, ensuring its use is optimised and not wasted. Using a Hydrometer is a low cost way to get the true value of your slurry on your farm. The Teagasc Signpost team outline the procedure involved in taking a slurry sample here
Use a hydrometer to estimate the nutrient content of your slurry.
Check out this video below which explains the process.
Alternatively, send a sample to a laboratory for analysis.
The procedure for taking a slurry sample:
- Your own health and safety is the first most important aspect. Be aware of safety guidelines around PTO guards and slurry gases.
- January/February i.e. the first time slurry is being spread. After the winter is the best time to test slurry
- The slurry must be well agitated so that all crust and water are completely mixed before taking the sample
- Suck up a load of slurry from the slurry pit using the slurry tanker
- Get the slurry sample from the fill point of the slurry tanker
- Place 0.5 litres of slurry into a sealed screw-capped container provided
- Keep the sample cool and post to the lab the day you take the sample
- A number of slurry tanks should be tested if both covered and uncovered slurry tanks are in the farmyard
For Hydrometer supplier details, please see @TeagascACP or email email@example.com