Capitalise on slurry grants

With uncertainty over what government help will be available in 2024, making use of existing slurry grants to improve storage, management and to cover slurry is being advocated by industry specialist Tramspread.

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Farmers should make use of grants ahead of impending legislation.

The government wants all slurry covered by 2027 to lower agricultural emissions, and there are some generous grants being offered now. The Slurry Infrastructure Grant and the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) currently offer money towards storage, mixers and separators which are all vital to managing slurry effectively.

Grants aimed at extending storage to six months, based on livestock numbers, and further grants to cover, mix and separate slurry are currently available with up to 50% of the cost being offered. Mixing will keep slurry homogeneous whilst separation can remove up to 25% of solids. Together this will reduce the amount of storage needed and enable slurry to be pumped longer distance more efficiently.

The Slurry Infrastructure Grant only applies to farms with pigs, beef or dairy cattle. It includes contributions to lagoons, steel, concrete and bag tanks. It will also contribute to covering storage that has been extended or newly installed. This can be with floating or fixed covers.

Bag tanks are an economical and easy way to expand slurry storage. To qualify for grant funding a bag tank must hold at least 2,500m3. A significant benefit is that bag tanks can be located almost anywhere and rarely require planning permission.

For farms expanding storage to meet the six-month target, a floating cover like Hexacover is a cost-effective way to meet the impending 2027 legislation, Tramspread says.

A new round of the grant is currently open to applications, and there will potentially be another in 2024. However, there is uncertainty about how livestock farming is going to be supported beyond this so Tramspread is advising customers to act now, make the most of the grants available, and make better use of slurry today, rather than wait to see what might happen next year.

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