Managing litter re-use for minimal nutrient runoff to surface water


Well-defined technically correct management techniques that allow practical re use of litter nutrients without significant risk of nutrient pollution of water resources by run off. This satisfies both community and industry concerns. A scientifically credible, industry accepted, fair representation of appropriate litter re use practices that is widely disseminated and promoted to regulators and planners Safeguard the continued demand for litter products by providing high quality advice on sustainable use of the nutrients these materials contain.


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

OLD ABN-The State Of Queensland Acting Through The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

Objective Summary

To establish accurate estimates of the contributions of applied meat chicken litter to catchment nutrient loads at case study farms under conditions of appropriate management, helping to ensure that a realistic representation of this form of nutrient re-cycling is available for local government planners and regulators. To establish effective management techniques, likely nutrient load outcomes, and costs through application of existing state-of-the-art modelling techniques to case study litter re-use enterprises in sensitive locations. To extend effective management practices to litter end-users and industry, and provide updates to the National Chicken Industry Environmental Management System.

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Project Start Date

Monday, August 23, 2004

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Maintain & improve confidence in integrity of Aust ag, food, fish & forestry

National Priority

CME-Develop and implement measures to improve industry's impact on the enviroment