Chicken muck carting and spreading

Kingfrank2020

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Hello all, looking for more work for our two k2 spreaders we have a deal with a local poultry business for as much chicken muck as we like.

Testing the waters to see if we could offer and deal to the arable farmers in our area of muck delivered and spread? Anyone know a ball park what to charge for the carting (<15) on averageand spreading. Thanks
 

Ted M

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Local poultry farm near me will deliver for an extra £3/t.(16 tonne trailers)
Spreading probably another £1-2/t depending on spreader size and if the muck is in the field or not.
 

WillB

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Location
Shropshire
Hello all, looking for more work for our two k2 spreaders we have a deal with a local poultry business for as much chicken muck as we like.

Testing the waters to see if we could offer and deal to the arable farmers in our area of muck delivered and spread? Anyone know a ball park what to charge for the carting (<15) on averageand spreading. Thanks

We have a surplus of broiler muck we cannot utilise each year and have a waiting list of neighbors who will pay good money for it, collect it and then sort out their own spreading.

If you have secured the supply then you are onto a good thing as it is sought after stuff and your other services will follow. Depending on how cheap you have secured it, I suspect you could probably make more money as a middle man...
 

Mad For Muck

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Location
Midlands
We supply deliver & spread about 30,000t/year. The haulage of it will depend on how far you’ve got to drag. As for the spreading, it will depend on what your spreading it with, if your running horizontal beaters & discs with weigh cells & gps etc you’ll want more money per ton than a normal vertical beater spreader. As ollie989898 has said, best way to do it is off the tramlines in the spring
 

Frodo

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Location
Scotland (east)
We supply deliver & spread about 30,000t/year. The haulage of it will depend on how far you’ve got to drag. As for the spreading, it will depend on what your spreading it with, if your running horizontal beaters & discs with weigh cells & gps etc you’ll want more money per ton than a normal vertical beater spreader. As ollie989898 has said, best way to do it is off the tramlines in the spring
Can you spread it anywhere close to 24m?
 
This is exactly the same as any arable growers who have access to large amounts of 'hot' manure or slurry- instead of spending thousands on bagged N,P and K, invest in or hire the equipment that lets you spread it from the tramlines of a growing crop in spring. You can reduce your fertiliser spend in a big way and the nutrients are going on when the crop actually wants it.
 

Badshot

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Location
Kent
Put 'ripe' chicken muck on tramlines in the spring round here and you'll be lynched.
I used layers muck in the past, straight out the shed, hardly any smell at all. That's the best way to use it.
 

Retraceh

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BASE UK Member
It is such a great product but arable farmers do not seem to want to pay a comparable price per unit compared to bagged stuff and you get extra benefits too. Yes there is a factor of storing and applying it.
What are people getting for fresh poultry manure run off muck belts weekly?
 
It is such a great product but arable farmers do not seem to want to pay a comparable price per unit compared to bagged stuff and you get extra benefits too. Yes there is a factor of storing and applying it.
What are people getting for fresh poultry manure run off muck belts weekly?
To be fair, in livestock areas I suspect the situation approaches a level where people know they have too much muck and need a legal way to dispose of it. In which circumstance arable farmers are hardly going to be inclined to pay for it.

If I had an arable farm with a big broiler, pig or biogas outfit close by, I would have my own posh slurry tanker and dribble bar because it will save thousands by never buying P or K again and in all honesty you might never need as much N. A dose in autumn and a dose in spring and see how the crop goes.
 
It is such a great product but arable farmers do not seem to want to pay a comparable price per unit compared to bagged stuff and you get extra benefits too. Yes there is a factor of storing and applying it.
What are people getting for fresh poultry manure run off muck belts weekly?
There is a big difference between how any organic manure analyses and how much bagged N fertiliser is saved, I know there are other benefits but there are many downsides also.
 

Chickcatcher

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Location
SG9 0RG
Just a bit I have found.
I can load say about 16 ton into ag trailer takes 15 mins, it takes the chap who takes it 57 mins round trip (timed yesterday), so in my language that's at least £3/ton haulage.
When I have it spread on own land @6t/ha through a Bunnings load sensor it costs £3/ton (its in field) I now ask that it is spread no wider than 10Mtr, any wider and you get waves between drifts.
Next arable year we are going to have to do a swop, of supplying straw to get the bedding.
 
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Chickcatcher

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Location
SG9 0RG
To be fair, in livestock areas I suspect the situation approaches a level where people know they have too much muck and need a legal way to dispose of it. In which circumstance arable farmers are hardly going to be inclined to pay for it.

If I had an arable farm with a big broiler, pig or biogas outfit close by, I would have my own posh slurry tanker and dribble bar because it will save thousands by never buying P or K again and in all honesty you might never need as much N. A dose in autumn and a dose in spring and see how the crop goes.
@ollie989898 Do you think or even better know that Broiler bedding could actually get through a "Posh" slurry tanker?
Some time ago one saw Broiler litter being spread on Countryfile on Adam's farm if I remember they were spreading at 24mtrs I say that's impossible, especially if its dry like ours.
 

JCB_JCR

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
The muck we get is about 75% DM. Not convinced that could be spread to 24m either. Struggle to get it to 4m at moment but currently modifying rear spreader to try and get it to go further.
Do the spinning deck spreaders really fling muck 24m either side of spreader?
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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