Cow manure to gardeners/allotments

Teudam

Member
Livestock Farmer
Hi all, have had a local allotment want to buy some trailer loads of muck off me. It’s a 10 ton trailer and was wondering how much to charge for a load especially with fert prices as they are this year. Won’t use it ourselves so will just sit there until next year for the neighbours to use. TIA
 

Bogweevil

Member
Fair trailer load - £50 round here.

Remember that aminopyralid is not allowed to be used on conserved grass as it persists in FYM and plays hell with many garden crops.

The will apply next year to clopyralid products, PasTor say, with a label change, but in the meantime try to avoid selling muck from beasts fed on clopyralid treated hay, silage etc - it is not such a beast as aminopyralid but it can persist and cause much upset.

Edit - and another thing, waste transfer etc is not required if it for application to crops even garden crops
 
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Ali_Maxxum

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Location
Chepstow, Wales
How far are you taking it? Good access? I charged £140 for a well heaped 10ton tipper load to some allotments, was clearing a muck heap anyway. Got there and blew a pipe for the one ram. Usually think of it £35-40/hr machine time plus £10/ton.
 

Bogweevil

Member
Clopyralid has much the same issues as forefront as someone else mentioned. Though I believe you will find similar warnings about mulches and the like where some phenoxy herbicides are used.

I don't know of any, so any info would be valuable.

I don't think anything persists like aminopyralid, though picloram, a very similar molecule, used to be a big problem, but only authorised for OSR and not pasture.
 

Eden.Agri.AD

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Mixed Farmer
Careful now...Manure is covered by the 02-01-06 EWC coding as it is regarded as a waste apart from when it's on your own holding(s).
Technically it needs to be transferred to another agricultural holding for use as an fertilizer with all relevant transferring paperwork done (the beneficial use of waste) or to a registered waste management site... Gardens/allotments are a real grey area if you were unlucky and got the wrong EA officer having a bad day.

And come April the 1st it's highly likely you would need to be on white.
 
I don't know of any, so any info would be valuable.

I don't think anything persists like aminopyralid, though picloram, a very similar molecule, used to be a big problem, but only authorised for OSR and not pasture.

I cannot remember for sure but I'm certain I have seen warnings on product labels regarding sprayed material ending up in mulches or in manures before. Clopyralid is known to linger in some situations hence restrictions on what you can spray it on.
 

Bogweevil

Member
How far are you taking it? Good access? I charged £140 for a well heaped 10ton tipper load to some allotments, was clearing a muck heap anyway. Got there and blew a pipe for the one ram. Usually think of it £35-40/hr machine time plus £10/ton.

10 mile radius, 5t trailer. Useful winter income?
 

Bogweevil

Member
Careful now...Manure is covered by the 02-01-06 EWC coding as it is regarded as a waste apart from when it's on your own holding(s).
Technically it needs to be transferred to another agricultural holding for use as an fertilizer with all relevant transferring paperwork done (the beneficial use of waste) or to a registered waste management site... Gardens/allotments are a real grey area if you were unlucky and got the wrong EA officer having a bad day.

And come April the 1st it's highly likely you would need to be on white.

Good advice, thanks.
 

theboytheboy

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Portsmouth
Careful now...Manure is covered by the 02-01-06 EWC coding as it is regarded as a waste apart from when it's on your own holding(s).
Technically it needs to be transferred to another agricultural holding for use as an fertilizer with all relevant transferring paperwork done (the beneficial use of waste) or to a registered waste management site... Gardens/allotments are a real grey area if you were unlucky and got the wrong EA officer having a bad day.

And come April the 1st it's highly likely you would need to be on white.
Sorry to hijack this thread......

I charge a local council owned and run petting farm type attraction so they can tip their muck once a week on our existing muck heap.

They deliver it themselves.

When I checked with the EA on the phone I was told this is fine as it's used as fertilizer and a soil improver.

The only paperwork I do is a quarterly invoice to them that's states it's a fee for tipping.muxk for fertiliser use. What additional paperwork do I need?

Some sort of waste transfer note? I was told by the lady I spoke to it was not waste?
 

robs1

Member
I haul a lot of muck in from stables etc, I always tell them if there is anything other than compostable material it is waste and prices is treble, I used to sell dozens of loads to allotments years ago but this year only did two as most are too lazy to shift it now. It's most certainly not waste, I turn it several times to mix it properly, if its fert for my crops then its fert for the allotments.
 

Bogweevil

Member
I haul a lot of muck in from stables etc, I always tell them if there is anything other than compostable material it is waste and prices is treble, I used to sell dozens of loads to allotments years ago but this year only did two as most are too lazy to shift it now. It's most certainly not waste, I turn it several times to mix it properly, if its fert for my crops then its fert for the allotments.

I think many stables round here offer it free delivered to allotments just to be rid of it. The polo people seems to send out lorryloads locally.
 

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