This photo shows the result of Chicken Manure being applied with the foreground untreated and the patch behind having been treated.
Priag Marketing is excited to have teamed up with TPE Civil to assist with the marketing and distribution of Chicken Manure out of the ProTen Broiler chicken sheds in the Tamworth region.
This is an exciting part of our business in light of the growing interest from farmers in the varied benefits of Chicken Manure and in particular the components of phosphorous and potassium. Chicken Manure can be used in both irrigation and broad acre applications. It is very quickly catching the eye of cotton producers due to its natural beneficial ingredients. Agronomists are identifying huge benefits of using Chicken Manure, not as a direct competitor to granular fertiliser but to complement its use.
We have teamed up with BC Bulk Haulage to load and distribute all the Chicken Manure produced in the ProTen sheds to buyers including farmers, horticulturalists, mining interests (land repatriation), market gardeners and landscape suppliers.
ProTen is the leading broiler chicken farm developer and operator in Australia, who primarily grows under contract for Baiada. ProTen owns and operates a total of 300 poultry sheds across 20 broiler farms strategically located in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.
ProTen’s existing farms have the capacity to produce up to 72 million broiler chickens per year. This represents approximately 11% of Australia’s annual broiler chicken production.
Chicken Manure in these facilities is available every 63 days from broiler chickens which is deposited on Radiata Pine saw dust. The supply availability is substantial and is expected to grow rapidly over the next three years. When supply becomes available, the movement times are quite short and specific. It will be Priag Marketing’s responsibility to be able to move this in an efficient and timely manner and we will be coordinating all freight movements at extremely competitive freight rates.
As we come to expect more from our soil, it comes to lack organic matter. Chicken Manure helps develop the soil and increase root biomass which in turn will help plants absorb nutrients in the early stages of growth and helps the plant access nutrients in areas it may not normally access. Chicken Manure is a fantastic option for soil health improvement.
Below we have added Lab Analysis and the anticipated upcoming availability schedule. Please email or call us for pricing or to secure supply.
How much notice is required for contracts and delivery?
We have shed availability every 63 days. If you know when you want supply we are happy to do contracts well in advance so you are guaranteed your preferred delivery time. We encourage you to give us as much notice as possible in order to guarantee the supply. However, we are dictated by shed availability so cannot always guarantee immediate delivery.
What is the ratio of saw dust to manure?
We get samples of each batch and the laboratory staff have indicated that we are unable to provide a definitive figure in relation to the ratio of sawdust (bedding) to manure as it will vary for each load. Unless the product is blended and evenly mixed together, then there will always be variances in the ratios of any sample taken with some containing a higher manure content than others.
What capacity are the trucks that are available to do the deliveries?
We have a range of trucks available which include b-doubles, truck and dog styles, as well as singles. The singles and truck and dog trucks have hungry boards so can still hold as much as 70-80 cubes.
Why is it preferred that contracts be delivered and what happens if you cannot receive?
We have an agreement with BC Bulk Haulage out of Tamworth to manage all of the logistics. They are locally based and can quickly get to the sheds when required. We have a very strict schedule with sheds so need to ensure that manure is moving at all times. We don’t have the ability to cancel loads as shed clean out does not stop, regardless of weather. By doing a delivered contract, at times we are also able to change the delivery point among customers depending on their ability to receive.
If you do have your own trucks or preferred ex shed please let us know as we can come to an arrangment.
What are common application rates?
Application rates between farming systems will vary quite significantly. We recommend speaking to your agronomic advisor. Common application can vary from 5m3/ha – 15m3/ha.
Deliveries are talked about in cubic metres, but we measure everything in tonnes – what is the conversion rate?
There is no exact conversion rate, as there are a number of factors that can influence the weight including the moisture content (which varies throughout the year with hotter weather leading to drier manure), quantity and type of bedding materials being used.
We have had several trucks go over a weighbridge when fully loaded and they had an average rate of 2.00m3 to a tonne.
Is stored chicken manure a high fire risk?
No, it is not a high fire risk but there is the possibility of fire associated with litter storage that is caused by heat generated within the manure pile when the pile is relatively high. Spontaneous combustion in a litter stack can result from the buildup of combustible methane or the storage of wet and dry litter. Fires may also occur if the manure is stacked too closely to wooden walls that may ignite when the temperature in the litter reaches the wood’s flash point. Fires in litter storage structures can be prevented if the storage site is properly located and maintained.
Is the manure composted or in its raw form?
We sell the manure directly out of the sheds once the chickens have been removed. We do not compost the manure, however we do have customers thinking of doing this themselves.
What is the best way to stock pile manure?
Manure that is stored in large piles is more likely to heat up and lose nitrogen and organic matter. Manure is best stored in an open stockpile, with good drainage away from any water ways. Providing a roof can help with nutrient loss. Stacks that are narrow and no more than 1.8m high are the best way to retain nutrient levels.
Can stock go onto manure treated fields?
Do not graze any fields that have been treated with manure for at least three weeks from application or until regrowth begins to occur. This will assist with avoiding any illness in livestock. Click here for “Best practice guidelines for using poultry litter on pastures” produced by the NSW Department of Industry Development, Agriculture & Forestry (DPI) that has further information on this.
What is the best way to apply and incorporate the manure into the fields?
For irrigated fields it is best applied prior to work being undertaken and the manure turned into the soil during that process. For dryland application it can be spread after the harvesting of a chickpea crop & then use a Kelly chain to incorporate it, or use a Kelly chain to run it in the stubble before wheat crops.
Once incorporated, will it start to work straight away or how long does it take to work and begin to react with the soil?
Generally manure benefits will commence immediately after being incorporated and is beneficial for the crop if laid immediately prior to planting with the benefits continuing and ongoing into following crops.
The efficacy of the nitrogen content in the manure can diminish over time when left exposed to the open air but the potassium and phosphorous remain.
After incorporating it, does it require moisture to be added or to have rainfall on it to begin the process?
Like anything applied to the soil, moisture will assist and helps decompose the manure by helping it to rot so it is preferable to have moisture rather than applying it to a dry soil.
Do you have any form of post-application trial results?
We have not been involved with any post-application trials locally however there are a number of trials that have been run through various research organisations that have published research papers with the results.
We have reports from the trials available.
I don’t have a spreader – can you help?
Whilst we do not provide a spreading service ourselves, we do have contacts for several spreading contractors who are able to assist with application requirements.