Managing Litter Re-use for Minimal Nutrient Run-off to Surface Water

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  • Published: 12 Apr 2012

  • Author(s): Devereux, Jarl

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The chicken meat industry currently produces over 1.5 million cubic metres of spent litter each year that is predominantly used by other agricultural industries as a fertiliser source that is rich in plant essential nutrients—especially phosphorus and nitrogen. The use of spent litter is sometimes questioned because of a perception that it will lead to excessive nutrient losses in run-off to surface waters.

This RIRDC report focuses on the management of spent broiler litter and the potential for nutrients to be lost from land applied litter to surface waters. It particularly focuses on selecting land application management strategies that allow spent litter end-users to minimise nutrient run-off.

This report is targeted at environmental regulators and consultants, chicken meat industry (especially the feed mill operators within the integrator companies), broiler growers and spent litter users.