Slurry Spreading Contractors – The Benefits

If you need to apply liquid fertilisers to your land, such as slurry or digestate, you have two choices – apply it yourself using your own labour and equipment, or hire slurry spreading contractors. While most farmers will naturally prefer to do work themselves wherever they can, in order to keep down costs, slurry spreading is one activity where it can pay to call in professional contractors.

Tramspread Contracting Ltd provide a slurry spreading service to farmers in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Here we take a look at the key benefits of using a specialist contractor.

 

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Up to Date Slurry Spreading Equipment

A contractor will have access to the most up to date slurry spreading equipment including pumps, tankers, applicators and monitoring systems. They will also have access to a range of different equipment, enabling them to use exactly the right setup for your situation, bearing in mind issues such as access, field size, and type of terrain. After all, it is in their interests to be as efficient as possible, to maximise the number of customers that they can service.

Time Savings

By opting for a contractor, you don't have to find the time to carry out spreading on top of your existing time commitments. Depending on your existing schedule, this could mean a significant time saving, without the risk of other important activities being delayed or neglected.

Cost Control

Buying your own slurry spreading equipment is a significant capital investment, so you can potentially save a lot of money by using a contractor, with the spending falling under running costs rather than capital outlay, which may help with cashflow and budgeting. No capital equipment also means no maintenance or replacement costs to worry about either.

Another important cost issue relates to the potential savings of opting for slurry rather than artificial fertilisers – an important motivation for many farmers making the move to slurry. Contracting out your slurry application on a "per job" or "per field" basis makes it much easier to track costs and relate these costs to yields. In turn, this helps farmers to calculate which methods have been most effective (e.g. comparing one field with another or one year's yields with another) and to inform strategy for future years.

Accuracy of Application

When you hire a contractor to apply slurry, you are not simply paying someone to drive a tractor around your field – what you are really paying for is their expertise. Successful use of slurry depends critically on applying exactly the right amount to the land in order to maximise yields. Calculating the correct amount, assessing nutrient levels, knowing how to use the latest monitoring equipment to achieve accurate application, is a skill in itself. In short, using an experienced contractor such as Tramspread will result in a better, more accurate slurry application, resulting in the hoped for benefits.

Advice

As well as doing the job effectively, using a specialist contractor means you also have access to their expertise in the form of advice on a myriad of factors, such as:

  • The right nutrient levels for a particular type of land.
  • The best type of application to use (e.g. dribble bars versus spread nozzle booms).
  • Timescales for bring livestock back onto grazing land.
  • The best time and conditions for application.

Access to this type of advice can make a huge difference to the success of a slurry or digestate operation, affecting yields and profit margins.

Tramspread Slurry Spreading Contractors

We are umbilical slurry and digestate spreading contractors operating throughout East Anglia including Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, applying well over half a million cubic metres each year.

Using our own state of the art equipment we carry out nutrient testing and use metering during application to ensure just the right amount of fertiliser is applied, complying with NVZ application limits and minimising the risk of pollution. We also use a GPS system which enables us to map and record exactly where and how much fertiliser has been applied.

Slurry Spreading Contractors – Contact us now to discuss your requirements.