Satakunta Manure Recycling Pilot

HKScan’s Agrofood Ecosystem®; Emomylly Oy, the company’s contract manufacturer for pork; Raisio; and the John Nurminen Foundation have agreed to cooperate with the goal of improving the regional nutrient balance of food production, and reducing nutrient discharges to the Baltic Sea. This will be implemented by moving nutrients in processed manure - phosphorus in particular - from livestock production areas with a nutrient surplus to plant production areas with a nutrient deficit.

Goal
Goal
To improve the regional nutrient balance of food production, and reduce nutrient discharges to the Baltic Sea
Schedule
Schedule
2020
2022
Status
Status
The manure for year 2020 has been processed and transported to Sastamala. The spreading will be made during spring 2020.

Surplus manure created in livestock production is a challenge for many meat-producing farms. Transporting and spreading slurry is cost-efficient only to fields to which lengthy transportation is not needed. Therefore, in areas with a high concentration of animal production, the amount of fertilizer applied to the fields is greater, especially with regard to phosphorus, that the plants need. This, in turn, raises the phosphorus level in the fields and thus increases the nutrient runoff from them to the water bodies. In Finland, animal production is particularly concentrated in Western Finland and Ostrobothnia.

If manure is processed so that its valuable nutrients are preserved, its spreading area can be expanded to cover fields that are further away and low on phosphorus. Photo: Kai Huovinen

In the Satakunta Manure Recycling Pilot, HKScan’s Agrofood Ecosystem®; Emomylly Oy, the company’s contract manufacturer for pork; Raisio; and the John Nurminen Foundation have agreed to cooperate with the goal of improving the regional nutrient balance of food production, and reducing nutrient discharges to the Baltic Sea.

During the three-year project, a total of 7,500 kg of manure phosphorus will be transferred from the livestock production stronghold of Huittinen in Satakunta – where there is a surplus of nutrients – to the Pirkanmaa crop production area, where there is a nutrient deficit. The goal is to create local environmental benefits and improve the status of both waterways and the soil, thereby reducing the nutrient loads that end up in the Bothnian Sea.  Another objective of the project is to create information and operational models for improving the nutrient balance of livestock production throughout Finland.