Poultry play an immense part within the nutritional cycle of our soils and are often associated with super-charging the following crops performance by the potency of the muck they provide.
We are incredibly fortunate at Foxburrow Farm that we have a fantastic working relationship with our neighbouring poultry farm. We provide all the arable assistance on this neighbouring farm, using our men and machinery to grow a diverse array of crops from cereals to vegetables and in turn we utilise the poultry manure from the landowner’s chicken units elsewhere across the farm.
How does this help the wider cropping rotation?
When we muck out the poultry units, we bring the raw poultry muck back to our processing site at Foxburrow Farm and create a ‘compost’. The poultry muck can be quite rich and sloppy in its make-up, so we mix it with our old un-used straw bales and create a bulkier end product. This end product allows us to spread the muck over a wider acreage and so benefits a larger proportion of our soils. As mentioned before, there is nothing quite like poultry manure within the nutritional cycle of a growing crop and we are incredibly lucky to have access to this product.
The ultimate purpose of utilising livestock within the arable rotation is to harness the power of poop! By harnessing this valuable resource, we can dramatically reduce the amount of artificial fertilisers required to grow a crop and in turn improve the organic quality of our soils.