Slurry Solutions: Mitigating Ireland's Ammonia Emissions

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As we strive for sustainable agriculture, one issue that demands our immediate attention is reducing the emissions coming from our slurry.

It is imperative that we address this challenge and find ways to minimize ammonia emissions in our slurry to ensure a cleaner and safer future for all.

Ireland's Agricultural Ammonia Emissions

99.2% of Irish ammonia emissions originate from agricultural activities

89.4% from manures

10.6% from synthetic fertilisers and transport

In Ireland, most of the agricultural grassland is used for raising cows, making up 90% of the land use. This is important to keep in mind when implementing ammonia abatement practices.

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Breakdown of Agricultural Sources of Ammonia Emissions in Ireland (based on EPA, 2020)

As with sulphides, the valuable ammonia in your slurry is often lost to the air. But this isn't just a problem for farmers.

Ammonia emissions can cause both acidification of soils and water and eutrophication in streams and lakes. It is even linked to damage of your lungs and respiratory system.

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Technical Support

Our AD Activator

Reducing ammonia emissions can be achieved with our AD ACTIVATOR.

The Activator Mix is a highly advanced on-farm brew system designed to to speed up the biological oxidation process of slow to degrade organic matter. This system delivers bacteria and enhanced enzyme activity at optimum levels for all slurry types by fermenting bacteria and nutrients in a controlled process.

Our ACTIVATOR bacteria is effective in the following areas

  • Eliminates crusting and improves homogeneity.
  • Significantly reduces odours from ammonia and sulphides in particular.
  • Locks in nitrogen and sulphur therefore improving fertiliser value.
  • Reduces requirements for additional nitrogen fertiliser, both through better nitrogen retention and the presence of nitrogen-fixing plant growth-promoting bacteria.
  • The Activator mix contains species that are proven to enhance the availability of potassium and phosphorous in the soil following application.

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We have a range of other bacteria mixes that can also be applied to land

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